71-year-old man kills himself in police station after rape confession: officer

By Nguyen Dung, Thanh Nien News

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Locals gather outside at a police station in Ha Tinh Province following the death of Nguyen Tien Thieu, 71, on Saturday. Photo credit: Nguoi Lao Dong. Locals gather outside at a police station in Ha Tinh Province following the death of Nguyen Tien Thieu, 71, on Saturday. Photo credit: Nguoi Lao Dong.
Police claim they only discovered his body hours after he hanged himself with a belt

Police in central Vietnam on Tuesday said that a 71-year-old man had admitted to raping a teenager hours before he hanged himself at a police station last Friday. 
Nguyen Tien Thieu was summoned to the station in the central province of Ha Tinh after the family of a 16-year-old girl accused him of raping her in February and making her pregnant.
Pham Khanh Toan, head of Cam Xuyen District’s police station, said that the man had admitted the crime.
Toan said as the case was still being investigated, the man was not arrested and allowed to leave at around 5 p.m. 
According to Toan, the old man came back to the station at around 11 p.m., asking to go inside the interrogation room to collect his belongings that he had left behind earlier. 
A police officer let him in, just before finishing his night shift and going home. 
Another officer in the following shift discovered the old man's dead body at around 3 a.m. the next morning.
Police say they are looking into the case.

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