A court in Quang Nam Province has handed down jail terms to two young men for robbing a German tourist in Hoi An nearly five months ago.
Nguyen Duy Khanh, 18, received 30 months and his 17-year-old accomplice Le Van Viet, 24 months, the court decided on Tuesday.
According to the indictment, on July 14, Khanh and Viet drove a motorbike to Hoi An, an ancient town which was recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.
They snatched a bag from a tourist named Christine, who was driving around with her husband on two motorbikes, with her bag in the bike’s front basket.
Her belongings were worth VND45 million (US$2,000). However, the duo only managed to sell them for VND5 million and spent the money on drinking.
During the investigation, Khanh and Viet confessed they had snatched several cameras and phones in two other cases in Hoi An.
However, police did not propose charges against them in these cases after failing to identify the victims.
This was the third trial within a week involving robberies in Hoi An.
Local media have reported about many cases of young men, including high school students, snatching bags, phones and cameras from tourists in the past few years.
Last month, a court sentenced three high school students to 15-36 months in jail for robbing several tourists in Hoi An. The victims included an Australian man who was cycling with his bag in the front basket.