Gangster gets life sentence for murderous attack

By Mai Tram, Thanh Nien News

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52 defendants stand trial in Can Tho on May 12. Photo: Mai Tram 52 defendants stand trial in Can Tho on May 12. Photo: Mai Tram

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The Can Tho People’s Court Tuesday sentenced a 33-year-old gang boss to life imprisonment for carrying out a revenge attack in the Mekong Delta city in 2013 and injuring two people.
Truong Phong Hien was convicted of murder for severely injuring Che Hoang Viet and slightly injuring To Van Tuan Em. Vietnamese laws make no distinction between murder and attempted murder.
Fifty others got jail terms of two to 20 years for the same crime while Tran Ngoc Tuan, who instigated the attack after being attacked first, got two and a half years for being an accessory.
The crime occurred on May 30, 2013, when Tuan, 28, and his friends were singing at To Trinh Karaoke Parlor in the city’s Thot Not District, owned by Che Thi Le Trinh, 33.
A quarrel broke out after Tuan complained about the poor quality of the equipment.
Trinh told two guards, Le Thanh Tron and Lam Hoang Vu, and her father-in-law Nguyen Van Ban to lock the gates and “slash them [Tuan’s group] to death.”
Tuan sustained an injury in his right heel but he and his friends managed to scale the closed gate and flee.
He reported the incident to his cousin Hien, a major gangster.
Hien took more than 50 men, including some henchmen of Chau Ngoc Thuong, another gangster, to attack Trinh.
It is not known how Trinh knew about the attack plans, but the karaoke place was closed when the gang, armed with knives, machetes, iron tubes, and petrol bombs, arrived at around 8 p.m. the same day.

Truong Phong Hien (2nd, L) and two others in his gang at the court in Can Tho May 12, 2015. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre
The men then went to the house of Trinh’s parents, where they found her sister Che Hoang Viet and her friend To Van Tuan Em.
The gang attacked the two and left them unconscious.
Neighbors took the pair to a hospital where they were saved. Viet sustained 64 percent injuries and Em, 6 percent.
Many of the attackers were rounded up by April last year, but Thuong and some others are still at large.
In January the Thot Not People’s Court handed down jail terms of three to 15 months to Trinh and her group for causing injuries to Tuan.

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