Life sentence upheld for man who slit fiancée's throat

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Ngo Van Cuong being escorted from his unsuccessful appeal trial on May 3.Photo: C.Mai

The Supreme People's Court has upheld the life sentence previously handed down to a 28-year-old man for murdering his fiancée.

Ngo Van Cuong slit the throat of Vo Thi Kim Huong last October because he suspected she was cheating on him with her roommate.

The court rejected Cuong's appeal for a more lenient punishment on May 3, saying they found no reason to reduce the sentence issued by the Tra Vinh People's Court on January 4, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.

According to the indictment, Cuong, a truck driver from Bac Lieu Province, began dating Huong in June 2011. He met the woman while dredging her family's shrimp farm in Tra Vinh Province's Chau Thanh District.

Huong, who was born in 1990, was a student at Tra Vinh Law University.

The couple held an engagement ceremony in early 2012 and planned to get married after Huong graduated.

Huong had shared a rented room with a female friend and the friend's brother. She had reportedly moved out of the room after becoming engaged, but returned to live there again after a short while.

The couple quarreled frequently over Cuong's belief that Huong was having an affair with her friend's brother. Eventually, she broke up with him.

Cuong then sent repeated text messages to Huong threatening to kill her. On October 15, 2012, he stopped her when she was on the way home from school and cut her throat with a knife, causing her to bleed to death.

Cuong attempted to flee but he was caught by local residents and traffic police.

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