A 20-year-old man was sentenced to 15 months in jail for assaulting a traffic policeman during a traffic stop in Thanh Hoa Province in May.
The Thanh Hoa Town People’s Court found Tran Quang Do guilty of “opposing a government official on-duty” during his public trial on July 12, which drew hundreds of local spectators.
According to the indictment, at around 11:30am on May 10, Major Ngo Hong Hai attempted to pull Do over at the corner of Tran Phu and Le Loi.
Do proceeded to the nearby Vinaconex Supermarket where Hai caught up with him.
Do refused to produce his motorbike registration or driver's license and attacked the officer when he tried to snatch his key out of the ignition to prevent him from driving away.
Do threw Maj. Hai to the ground and kicked him hard. He only fled after local police arrived at the scene. Hai was later admitted to the hospital where doctors treated him for several bruises on his neck, shoulders and back.
Do turned himself later that day and admitted to attacking Maj. Hai.
The court found it necessary to isolate Do from society based on the brutal nature of his crime, which is punishable by a jail term of up to three years.
The court said it showed Do leniency because his father had made significant contributions to the country during his service in the volunteer force assigned to assist Lao freedom fighters.
Do admitted to his crime and did not appeal the verdict.