Longer jail term sought for killer driver

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Ho Chi Minh City prosecutors on Monday appealed for a longer jail term for a truck driver who killed a teenaged girl by driving over her three times, local Vietnamnet reported Monday.

Dang Huu Anh Tuan, 25, from the south central province of Binh Thuan was last week sentenced to eight years in prison for manslaughter.

At the trial last Wednesday, Tuan was also asked to pay VND75 million (US$4,000) in compensation to the family of 17-year-old Nguyen Thi Hoi.

On the night of May 14, 2008, Tuan was driving a container truck when he hit Hoi's motorbike on Luy Ban Bich Street, Tan Phu District, before running over her legs, according to the indictment.

Hoi cried out for help and passersby asked Tuan to back the car for them to pull her out, but Tuan continued to drive forward, running over Hoi again.

Tuan then backed the car and ran over the girl a third time, the indictment said.

He was apprehended by locals as he tried to run away.

Hoi succumbed to her injuries at a local hospital.

HCMC prosecutors before the first trial had suggested a jail term of 11-12 years but judges said Tuan had a good record and had paid part of the compensation to the victim's family.

Tuan had told the court that he had panicked and tried to escape after he hit the girl the first time.

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