A court in central Vietnam on Thursday sentenced a man to death for the killing of a 11-year-old boy four months ago.
The People's Court of Binh Thuan Province convicted Nguyen Bao Vu, 24, of murder and kidnapping.
Vu was arrested on Apr. 6, two days after the boy was reported missing.
Based on his statement, the police were able to find the boy's body, which was buried in a sand hill about 10 km from his home in Binh Thuan.
At the trial, Vu said he had planned to kidnap the boy, whose brother was his friend, for ransom.
On Apr. 4, he lured the boy to the sand hill in the afternoon and abducted him. Later, as the boy kept crying, Vu strangled him to death and buried him.
He then made phone calls to the victim's family to demand ransom.