A court in Vietnam on Friday handed out a 12-year sentence to a 15-year-old boy who in November killed a younger boy and dumped his body into a well.
The People's Court of Thanh Hoa Province found Vu Anh Tu guilty of murdering 9-year-old Vu Duc Dat on November 29.
According to an indictment read at the trial, Dat was alone at home when Tu came that morning. Tu brought a hammer, planning to steal property in Dat's house.
After searching the house, he found nothing valuable but a cheap mobile phone. He then decided to kill Dat to cover up his crime.
He forced Dat to jump into a well with 3.5 meter deep water, intending to stage a drowning accident. When the boy tried to climb up, Tu slashed him with a knife he had taken from the kitchen until Dat died.
Dat's parent found his body in the well in the evening.
Police arrested Tu three days later.