A court in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday sentenced a man to 23 years in jail for attempting to burn alive the whole family of his ex-girlfriend last June.
Do Dinh Nam, 31, has to pay his three victims, including his ex-girlfriend Dang Thi Tuyet Trinh, her sister and brother-in-law, more than VND1 billion (US$44,370) in compensation.
Nam on June 2, 2014 brought a five-liter can of gasoline with him to Trinh’s house in Go Vap District.
He pushed Trinh, who was leaving her house for work, back into the house and threw gasoline on her body and the ground as well before flashing the lighter.
Trinh’s older sister Dang Thi Bich Lien and Lien’s husband heard Trinh’s scream and ran to the scene. Lien was also caught by the fire right after that.
Lien’s husband Nguyen Huu Tung tried to take Lien and Trinh to the toilet for help, but Nam chased them, stabbing Trinh and Tung several times with a knife.
After all the three victims had broken down on the floor, Nam climbed on the roof, attempting to flee. However, local police and some neighbors had joined to seize him.
The victims were rushed to the hospital with severe bleeding injuries and burns.
Trinh, 24, had more than half of her body badly burnt in the fire, doctors said.
Trinh told the court that the relationship between her and Nam had ended two months before the incident, after the man showed many signs of overcoming jealousy.
Nam, from the northern province of Nam Dinh, had threaten to kill her for leaving him, Trinh added.