Police in the southern province of Binh Phuoc on Saturday proposed murder and robbery charges against three men who allegedly killed six members of a wealthy family in July.
According to the police documents sent to Binh Phuoc prosecutors, Nguyen Hai Duong, 24, who is a victim’s ex-boyfriend, was the instigator and murdered all the six people. Vu Van Tien, 24, and Tran Dinh Thoai, 27, were Duong’s accomplices.
“We have enough evidence to affirm that these people are guilty of ‘murder’ and ‘robbery’,” Colonel Tran Thang Phuc, director of Binh Phuoc Police Department, told local media.
According to the police, the victims -- Le Van My, 48, his wife Nguyen Le Thi Anh Nga, 42, his daughter Le Thi Anh Linh, 22, his son Le Quoc Anh, 15, his nephew Du Minh Vy, 14, and his niece Du Ngoc To Nhu, 18 -- sustained fatal stabs in their necks and chests.
Five of them were tied up in their rooms, while Vy, the first victim, was killed in the front yard immediately after he reportedly opened the gate for Duong and Tien.
However, the life of My's and Nga's youngest daughter, an 18-month-old baby, was spared.
Revenge for rejection of love
Investigations showed that Duong planned the murder-robbery to take revenge after Linh broke up with him in April 2015 following her mother’s advice and had a new boyfriend.
Duong often stayed at Linh’s house when he was still in a relationship with her, and therefore knew the place very well.
To prepare for the crime, Duong bought a knife, a stun gun, a BB pistol, falsely registered SIM cards, gloves, masks, plastic cable ties and duct tape, according to the police.
Duong then asked Thoai to join him in breaking into Linh’s house, killing all the family members and robbing. Linh’s parents, My and Nga, were owners of a successful wood business in Chon Thanh District’s Minh Hung Commune.
Thoai agreed. When Duong and Thoai drove a motorbike to the house, located on National Highway 13, at 2 p.m. on July 5, the former sent a text message asking Vy, My’s 14-year-old nephew, to open the gate. As Vy did not appear, the duo returned to their rented room in Ho Chi Minh City’s Hoc Mon District, planning to try again on the next day.
Thoai then gave Duong a knife, but refused to join him on the next day, saying that he had to return to his hometown in the Mekong Delta to visit his sick grandmother.
So, Duong persuaded Tien, another friend, to join in robbing Linh’s family without mentioning about the murder. Tien agreed.
At 8:30 p.m. on July 6, Duong phoned Vy asking the teenager to open the gate for him later. He promised to give Vy some money to buy more video games.
When Duong and Tien came at about 2 a.m. on July 7, Vy opened the gate but Duong immediately killed him. Witnessing this, Tien said he wanted to go back home but Duong disagreed.
The duo then climbed to the first floor, where My's daughter Linh and his niece Nhu were sleeping. They tied them up and used duct tape to cover their mouths.
They later went to the ground floor and tied up My, his wife Nga and their son Quoc Anh before Duong killed all of them.
They returned to the first floor. Duong told the police that after killing Nhu, he told Linh: “What happens today is the result of how I was behaved” and killed her.
But Duong spared the life of the toddler, My’s youngest daughter. He told the police he liked the baby very much.
Duong and Tien left the house at around 4.30 a.m. on July 7 with about VND4 million (US$180) in cash, five smartphones, a tablet, and a laptop.
Local police was reported about the murder three hours after by a housekeeper of the victims' family.
Duong was arrested at 3 p.m. on July 8 at the funeral for the victims in Binh Phuoc. Tien was arrested two days later in his rented room in Ho Chi Minh City's Hoc Mon District while Thoai was detained in his rented house in the city’s District 12 on August 9.