Former guards jailed for deadly assault on Viet Kieu in southern Vietnam

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Three former security guards at a popular Ho Chi Minh City restaurant were Wednesday sentenced to nine months in jail each for assaulting a Vietnamese-Dutchman last year.

The Ho Chi Minh City People's Court also ordered Thanh Cong Company, which employed the guards and sent them to work at Minh Duc Restaurant, to pay VND51.9 million (US$2,470) in compensation to Le Duc Ngai, 61.

On July 30 last year, after having dinner at the restaurant in the downtown area, Ngai asked the guards to get him his motorbike.

One of them, 23-year-old Bui Dinh Hoang, refused and told him to do it himself since the restaurant was crowded.

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This sparked off a fight between the two, and Hoang along with two other guards, Duong Trong Nghia, 20, and Nguyen Minh Duong, 32, beat and tasered the Viet Kieu.

Ngai lost consciousness and was rushed to hospital where he was diagnosed with permanent disability in 8 percent of his body.

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