|The Can Tho Provincial People's Court yesterday convicted 51 defendants of attempted murder and one defendant of failing to report the crime to the police. — Photo nld
CAN THO (VNS) — The Can Tho Provincial People's Court yesterday convicted 51 defendants of attempted murder and one defendant of failing to report the crime to the police.
The verdict was announced following a four day court session.
Among the defendants, Truong Phong Hien from Trung Kien Ward received a life sentence, Le Phuong Vu got 19 years, Dang Chi Tam got 17 years, and Tran Ngoc Tuan received 30 months for failing to report the crime to authorities. The rest received sentences of 2-10 years in prison.
In addition, the defendants will have to pay VND 120 million ($5.700) to the victim.
Tuan and his friends visited Che Thi Chinh's karaoke bar in Thot Not Precint to eat and sing on the night of May 30, 2013. While they were there, an argument broke out between Tuan's group and the owner after Tuan accused him of providing poor sound equipment. A fierce fight ensued and Tuan was seriously assaulted by Chinh's group. He was taken to Can Tho Hospital for treatment.
Hien called for backup and more than 50 men armed with scimitars and petrol bottles arrived on motorbikes to take revenge for Tuan.
When they got to Chinh's bar it was locked, but they saw Che Hoang Viet (Chinh's brother) and To Van Tuan Em (Viet's friend) in the house opposite. Hien and his men used scimitars to attack Viet and Tuan Em, but local residents shouted "police" and Hien and his accomplices made their escape.
Viet and Tuan Em were then taken to Thot Not General Hospital for treatment. The damaged caused to Chinh's karaoke bar was estimated at about VND 20 million ($ 920).
The four day trial was conducted under tight security due to the complexity of the case. — VNS