Alcoholic's jail term increased for knifing mother, wife, daughter

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The Supreme People's Court on Monday increased the jail term for a man who knifed his mother, wife, and daughter while under the influence of alcohol from 12 to 14 years.

Pham Van Thong, 34, of Dong Nai Province, who had appealed, was convicted of "attempted murder."

On January 16, 2011, he drank rice wine during dinner, and afterwards asked his mother Nguyen Thi Thoi, 59, for some money, but she refused.

He became furious and threatened to kill the whole family. Thinking it was just an empty threat, she ignored it and put Pham Thi Ngoc Anh, her two-year-old granddaughter to sleep in a hammock.

Thong went to the kitchen, grabbed a knife, and repeatedly slashed the two of them.

Meanwhile, Mai Thi Loan, 31, his wife, came home and rushed to protect Anh. He then turned his attention to her.

Some neighbors came after Loan shouted for help, and Thong threatened them with the knife.

Pham Van Truong, his elder sister, tried to stop him, but he shooed her away with the knife, slashed at her mobile phone, and broke it.

He only stopped the bloody rampage when the police showed up and arrested him.

Loan, Thoi, and Anh were rushed to hospital with multiple injuries, but luckily all of them recovered.

Thong told the police he was drunk and unable to control himself.

He had been a security guard at a local company, and addicted to alcohol and gambling, the police said.

A Dong Nai court sentenced him to 12 years and he chose to appeal.

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