Gambling addict wanted for acid attack on wife surrenders

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A man wanted for allegedly throwing acid on his wife following a quarrel over his gambling habit turned himself in to police in southern Vietnam Wednesday.

Le Minh Duong, 42, confessed to the Bac Lieu Province police that he had done the deed after one of his frequent quarrels with his wife on October 28.

He then went into hiding, but turned himself in on his family's advice.

Tuoi Tre newspaper reported that Duong had resigned earlier as director of the Gia Rai District Radio Station after being found to have large gambling debts.

He said his marriage had soured after his wife found out about the debts from gambling on football and so de, an illegal numbers game based on the state lottery.

His wife, 39, is being treated at Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City with burns on her head, face, arms, and legs. Her family said she is recovering.

The police said they would investigate Duong for "deliberately causing injuries," a charge that carries a jail term of six months to three years or a three-year suspended sentence.

Police in nearby Ca Mau Province are set to lay a similar charge against a man who, on October 18, threw acid on his wife, injuring their 15-month-old child and two younger babies in the process, following altercations over their sex life. 

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