A court in the central province of Ninh Thuan Friday sentenced a former police officer to five years in prison for "using corporal punishment," leading to the death of a theft suspect in custody.
Le Khac Sau, 26, pleaded guilty to beating Tran Gon, 27, with a club, broom and sandals and stamping him while interrogating him on August 7, 2011.
Gon, who was suspected of stealing money from a donation box at the Phuoc Hue Pagoda, lost consciousness.
He was rushed to hospital later the same day, but died next day.
An autopsy later determined that the man died of serious trauma that caused his brain to bleed and swell.
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