Games-addicted teenager jailed for killing girl to steal jewel

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A court in central Vietnam Wednesday upheld a 10-year jail term handed down to a 16-year-old boy for killing a seven-year-old girl and robbing her earrings so that he could play online games.

But the Nghe An Province People's Court increased the compensation amount that Mong The Xuong of Tuong Duong District has to pay the victim's family to VND80 million from the earlier VND60 million, Tuoi Tre reported.

A court of first instance last October sentenced Xuong to 10 years, eight for murder and two for robbery, and ordered him to pay VND60 million.

He committed the crime on May 23, 2010, when he lured Lo Anh Nhu, a neighbor, to a woods nearby and smashed her head with a stone. He stole her jewelry and planned to sell it to get money for his games.

Nhu's family began to search for her after she failed to return home and found her unconscious.

She was taken to hospital where she however succumbed to brain injuries.

A contrite Xuong returned the earrings, worth VND2.5 million, to Nhu's parents, and admitted to the court that he was addicted to online games and killed Nhu to rob her gold so that he raise money to play.

He was only 14 when he committed the murder.

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