Nguyen Hoai Nam sniggered and tapped his foot when prosecutors proposed death sentence against him at a trial Tuesday for killing and robbing three people last year.
The Tien Giang People’s Court later handed down the toughest punishment against Nam for robbery and murder.
At the open trial, held at a park in Cho Gao District, Nam admitted to every details in the indictment.
Nam pleaded guilty to killing three people between September 10 and October 20, 2014.
He said he killed and robbed them in order to have money for him and his girlfriend, a 40-year-old married woman in Ninh Thuan, identified only as Th.
Unlike other defendants who often attempt to reject accusations, Nam remembered well where he bought the knives and how he committed the crime.
According to the indictment, on September 10, 2014, Nam killed 45-year-old Tran Trung Hoang in a road outside My Tho Town, and stole his motorbike, an iPhone, and a gold chain.
Hoang’s body was found at around 11 p.m. on the same day on a road outside Tien Giang’s My Tho town with dozens of injuries.
On October 16, 2014, he killed xe om driver Le Hoang Thanh, 33, just a kilometer away from the first crime scene.
Four days later, the body of another xe om driver, 42-year-old Tran Van Lam, was found at a place not far from the other two crime scenes.
Investigators tracked down Nam who was staying with his girlfriend in Ninh Thuan.
At the Tuesday trial, Nam said that his girlfriend did not ask him for money, and that he gave her money for love.
Asked by the trial if he was scared for a strict punishment for killing three people, he said: “[I will] serve as much as the punishment can be. Nothing to fear.”
According to investigators, Nam’s parents make a living by selling fertilizers made from wood ash. They also have a nine-year-old girl.
Nam quit school and walked out of home when he was just 10. His parents said he had returned home for the first time several months before the first crime and told them he worked for a factory in HCMC.
Upon hearing the judge's ruling of death sentence for him, Nam sneered. "Just the death sentence, no big deal," he said.