Drunk gets seven years for harpooning teenage drag racer in chest

By Giang Phuong, Thanh Nien News

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Dong Van Nghia, 25, being tried on November 18. Photo: Giang Phuong Dong Van Nghia, 25, being tried on November 18. Photo: Giang Phuong


Dong Van Nghia of the southern province of Tay Ninh was sentenced Tuesday to seven years for throwing an iron bar through the chest of a street racer five months ago.
Vo Hung Son, 16, died before he could get to the hospital.
The provincial People’s Court on Tuesday convicted the 25-year-old man to murder
and ordered him to pay his victim’s family VND34.5 million (US$1,619).
Nghia had already paid the family VND31 million in compensation while he was being investigated.
According to the indictment, Son and four others gathered to drag race down Nguyen Luong Bang Street at around 10:30 p.m. on June 15.
They ran several races near Nghia’s house.
Drunk and presumably fed up with the noise, Nghia stumbled out into the street and began throwing objects at them.
During a race between Son and another teen, Nghia hurled a piece of wood, but didn't hit either of them.
Then, he picked up a pair of two-meter scaffolding lengths and launched them at the young men.
One of the bars harpooned Son in the chest, sending him and his bike tumbling into the road.
He was rushed to Tay Ninh General Hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival.
During the trial, the four surviving racers said they only raced to see whose motorbike was the fastest. They were each fined VND15 million.

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