The Ho Chi Minh City police have recommended charges against a woman for allegedly poisoning her husband, a 50-year-old police officer, so that she could sell their house to pay off her gambling debts.
They said that in March Du Kim Lien, 44, injected pesticides to kill Tran Xuan Chuyen, a lieutenant colonel in the city Road and Railway Traffic Department, after pumping him full of sleeping pills.
She first bought 10 sleeping pills from a drugstore and put them in Chuyen’s milk.
The next morning she put five more in water and poured it into his mouth while he was sleeping.
That night she bought a pesticide and injected it into him with a syringe.
But Chuyen did not die and she gave him another shot next morning.
Lien claimed that Chuyen had had a stroke, but an autopsy revealed that he died due to the pesticide.
She was arrested soon afterwards.
The police said Lien murdered Chuyen so she could sell their house to repay debts of VND1.3 billion ($62,425). Her husband had wanted to divorce her because of the debts.
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