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Điện Biên murderer to be prosecuted

Update: February, 14/2019 - 15:20
Vương Văn Hùng stands accused of killing university student Cao Mỹ Duyên on the last day of the last Lunar Year. — VNA/VNS Photo
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ĐIỆN BIÊN — Điện Biên Province Police have decided to prosecute Vương Văn Hùng, who was accused of robbing and killing university student Cao Mỹ Duyên on February 4, Major General Sùng A Hồng announced on Wednesday.

Homeless man Hùng, 35, from Tân Thuỷ bloc, Tuần Giáo District in the northern mountainous province of Điện Biên, has four past legal violations and three crimes on his record.

Hùng was allegedly involved in the death of 22-year-old Duyên, who had been living in Thanh Hưng Commune, Điện Biên District.

According to the investigation force, there might be others involving in the case but they have not yet been identified. Therefore, there will be additional prosecution and changes to the charges if there are new findings.

The police have summoned Trần Văn Công in the district’s Thanh Nưa Commune, the owner of a truck in which Duyên’s blood was found.

At 6:30pm on February 4 (the last day of the last Lunar Year), Duyên was reported missing on her way to deliver chickens to a strange customer in Điện Biên Phủ City’s Thanh Trường Ward.

At 10:30am on February 7, her body was found at an abandoned house in Thanh Nưa Commune, Điện Biên District.

Crime scene examinations and the autopsy showed that she was strangled.

Hùng was arrested on February 10. Initially, Hùng admitted he had killed the victim to steal her belongings.

The police seized a motorbike, ATM card, eight chickens and a cage hidden at different places.

On February 11, Duyên’s mobile phone and a SIM card that Hùng had used to call her were found at the house of Hùng’s uncle, Vương Văn Nghĩa, in which he stayed from February 2 until being arrested.

The provincial police are continuing to investigate the case to administer proper punishments.

According to Major General Hồng, information spread on social media may not be entirely accurate and could negatively affect the victim’s family. — VNS

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