HCMC security guard sent to prison for beating teen

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A Ho Chi Minh City court sentenced a security guard to two and a half years in jail on Friday for beating up a high school student last May.

Phan Ba Dung, a 24-year-old employee of the Long Hoang Security Service Company who worked as a security guard at the Everich building in District 11, was found guilty of "intentionally causing bodily harm" to Tran Hoang An, a 12th grader of Nam Ky Khoi Nghia High School.

The court ordered the company to pay VND15.7 million (US$748) as compensation to An.

On the evening of May 30, 2011, An and 40 classmates attended a farewell party on the fifth floor of the Lotte Mart in the Everich building, and after the party went to the basement to retrieve their motorbikes.

An found his helmet missing and picked up a fight with Hoang The Vinh, another security guard, nearly attacking him.

Dung rushed to the scene to help his colleague, striking An on the forehead with a walkie-talkie.

The other students and more security guards, including Vinh and Dao Cong Nguyen, joined the fracas which required the police to subdue.

An had to be hospitalized with multiple injuries, while other students sustained minor injuries.

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An was later granted an exemption from taking his high school graduation exam.

The police said Vinh and Nguyen's acts were not serious enough to press criminal charges against them, so they were merely fined.

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