Police in Vietnam's northern port city of Hai Phong Saturday arrested a man for allegedly killing his wife's nephew just to spite his wife who had fled home to escape his violence.
Le Van Phuc, 32, had sent Friday a text message to his wife threatening to do something that would make her regret not returning.
A day later Cu Van Duy's body was found in a bag near the top of Mo Ba mountain, around two kilometers from Phuc's neighborhood in Thuy Nguyen District.
Phuc's wife, Cu Thi Hanh, said he had often threatened to kill her parents. "But I did not imagine he could be so brutal with a nine-year-old," she told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.
Around 100 officers and locals had been mobilized to search for the boy after he was reported missing.
He was found with his head smashed by rocks and arms and legs broken, the police said.
They suspect the brutal crime was committed at a deserted house next to Phuc's, where they found wet blood stains and a sharp stone.
Duy's parents said he had gone to Phuc's house Friday and did not return that night.
Phuc had married Hanh in 2003 and began to beat her regularly. That year he was jailed for six months for preventing officials from performing their duty.
On one occasion he burnt all her clothes.
Last Monday, after he threatened to kill her, Hanh decided not to return home and stayed back near her workplace.
Police said they were looking for more evidence to press murder charges against Phuc.
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