HCMC supermarket guard charged with assaulting school student

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Ho Chi Minh City prosecutors Thursday filed charges against a supermarket security guard for beating up a high-school student seven months ago.

Phan Ba Dung, 23, has been indicted for "intentionally causing bodily harm" to 18-year-old Tran Hoang An of Nam Ky Khoi Nghia High School in District 11.

On May 30 An and 40 classmates attended a farewell party in the Lotte Mart building in District 11, and after the party went to the basement to get their motorbikes.

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

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

The other students and more security guards, including Vinh and Dao Cong Nguyen, joined the fight which only stopped after the police showed up.

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An was hospitalized with multiple injuries, while some other students sustained minor injuries.

An was later exempt from taking the 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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