Ho Chi Minh City police on Thursday arrested a man in connection with the death of a woman whose charred remains was found in a banana garden in District 9 a day earlier.
The police said the suspect, 34-year-old Do Thanh Tu, confessed that he killed his girlfriend, identified only as B., after she threatened to break up with him.
Neighborhood watch members of Tang Nhon Phu A Ward, Dist. 9, found the body, which had been burned beyond recognition, in a banana garden in Road 160 at 3.30pm Wednesday.
A local woman named Huong later recognized a stone bangle worn by the dead person, whom she identified as her sister, a worker at a company in Linh Trung Industrial Park.
Huong said her sister, known only as B., had been missing since Nov. 10 after she went out with her boyfriend.
Police arrested Tu at his workplace, a mechanical company based in the same ward.
Tu told the police he began the relationship with B several months ago.
On November 10, they went to a café before returning to Tu’s rented house where they had a verbal altercation and B suggested ending their relationship.
Tu took an iron bar to beat her multiple times in her head, which killed her immediately. He went to bed leaving the dead body on the floor.
The following day he bought a plastic tank and put her body in it after stripping all her clothes and taking all gold jewelry.
On November 12, Tu dumbed the tank at the banana garden some 100m from his home. However, he denied setting fire to the corpse intentionally.
Tu claimed he only threw a cigarette he was smoking into the tank and left in haste for fear of being seen.
Police searched Tu's house and found the suspected murder weapon as well as B.'s earrings and mobile phone.
According to police, Tu has no conviction before.
Police are investigating the case.