Man gets 9 years for killing roommate in chopstick versus knife duel

By Giang Phuong, Thanh Nien News

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Doan Minh Son, 26, stands trial on March 14, 2015. Photo: Giang Phuong Doan Minh Son, 26, stands trial on March 14, 2015. Photo: Giang Phuong

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A Tay Ninh court has sentenced a factory worker to nine years’ imprisonment for killing his roommate in a “duel” to resolve a minor conflict they got into after drinking.
Doan Minh Son, 26, was convicted of murder in an open trial held Saturday at a public ground that attracted hundreds of people.
According to the indictment, Son had a party with his roommates, including the victim Vo Minh Thom, 26, and Nguyen Van Toan, 47, and Do Huu Nghia, 33, at their rented room on November 20, 2014.
They had a liter of alcohol before Nghia and Toan went to bed.
Son and Thom had some more beer before Son went out for a walk with Doan Thi Thanh Trang, a woman who rented a room nearby.
Thom sent Son challenging text messages for failing to get him home.
At around 11 p.m. Son returned and a brawl broke out before Thom challenged Son to a fight.
After failing to wake the other two up, Son attempted to go to bed but Thom played loud music.
Later he tried to go out, but was stopped by Thom who challenged him to a fight to the death.
They wrote down a “mortal duel” note before Thom injured Son with a chopstick.
Son stabbed Thom with a knife and the latter collapsed.
Son and the others took him to hospital, but he was dead by then.

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