Cop accused of assaulting ex-girlfriend for breakup

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Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, 24, at Viet-Tiep Hospital in Hai Phong on Tuesday, one day after being beaten by her ex-boyfriend, police officer Tran Minh Trung. Photo credit: VnExpress. Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, 24, at Viet-Tiep Hospital in Hai Phong on Tuesday, one day after being beaten by her ex-boyfriend, police officer Tran Minh Trung. Photo credit: VnExpress.

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The Hai Duong Province Police said Tuesday they are investigating accusations that a police officer severely beat his ex-girlfriend for refusing to resume their relationship.
Tran Minh Trung, 24, of Hai Duong allegedly attacked 20-year-old Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao at a cafe in Hai Phong City, where she is working.
According to witnesses, Trung grabbed Thao by the hair and pushed her head hard into the floor, and reportedly hit her on the face.
After a while he walked out of the coffee shop to his motorbike and returned with a pair of scissors.
Four witnesses, including the shop owner and three other waitresses who were frightened by the scene, told the police later that Trung kept yelling while assaulting Thao before stabbing her in an arm with the scissors.
Trung only stopped when Thao passed out.
Doctors at the Viet – Tiep Hospital, where her colleagues rushed her, said Thao has brain injuries, bruises in the eyes and a stab wound on her left arm.
The Hai Duong Province Police said they are investigating, promising appropriate action against Trung if the accusations prove true.
“Two police officers came to interrogate us this afternoon,” the cafe owner said Tuesday. “They have taken away our camera recording for investigation.”
Thao, who is still in hospital for treatment, showed the police several text messages Trung had sent her, threatening to kill her and her entire family.
“[I will] kill your father for failing to educate you, kill your grandparents,” one message sent from Trung’s phone number read.
He had sent her dozens of threatening messages before attacking her at the coffee shop.
Thao told the police she had broken up with him after being beaten up several times because of his unreasonable jealousy.

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