Man gets death sentence for beating pregnant girlfriend to death

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Ha Quoc Tai (L) and Nguyen Huu Dap stand trial in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre Ha Quoc Tai (L) and Nguyen Huu Dap stand trial in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

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A court in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday sentenced a man to death for beating his girlfriend, who was pregnant with his child, and causing her death last year.
Ha Quoc Tai, 27, told the court that he was so drunk he could not control himself.
Tai’s friend Nguyen Huu Dap, 32, received a one-year jail term for helping Tai escape and hide from police. 
According to the indictment, Tai’s girlfriend Nguyen Thi Cam Nhung complained about him drinking with Dap on January 6 last year.
Tai said he was angry and picked up a thick piece of wood on the ground. He hit her several times in her head until she collapsed and died. 
She was four months pregnant. 
The man then fled the scene with the help of his friend.

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