A court in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday sentenced a Chinese man to one and a half years in jail for stabbing his marriage broker after his Vietnamese wife disappeared.
Wang Yiming, 33, was found guilty of deliberating causing injuries to the Vietnamese broker, named Bieu, by stabbing him three times.
Conflicts began after Bieu refused to return the matchmaking fee of VND180 million, or nearly US$8,200 to Wang.
The indictment said Wang was looking for a Vietnamese wife in late 2013 and he agreed to marry Bieu’s niece.
They organized a wedding ceremony at the woman’s hometown in the Mekong Delta before Wang brought her to Ho Chi Minh City where they stayed at a hotel.
Wang left for China in February 2014 and when he returned to Ho Chi Minh City a week later, she had left.
He looked for Bieu and demanded a partial refund as he almost ran out of money.
Bieu refused, offering to help him bring Chinese goods to Vietnam to sell instead.
When the partnership failed in late 2014 and Wang became broke, he reportedly asked Bieu for the matchmaking money again, but failed.
He bought a knife and attacked Bieu, the court heard.
The court gave Wang a short jail term based on Bieu's request.