A defendant knelt in front of a criminal court in Vinh Town, the capital city of north-the central province of Nghe An, on Tuesday and proposed to his alleged accomplice, according to a report by Phap Luat Thanh pho Ho Chi Minh (Ho Chi Minh City Law) newspaper.
Tran Dien Thuong, 38, spent his time in jail carving a pair of swans and two hearts out of bars of soap to prepare for the courtroom proposal, the report said.
He had inscribed the two hearts with the words “Love You” and topped them each with a swan with an outstretched beak.
His intended, Lo Thi Phuong Xa, 22, could only see them from a distance and was not allowed to take her betrothal gifts to jail, the report said.
While the jury deliberated over their fate, Thuong knelt beside Xa, clasped her hands and encouraged her to take care of herself and wait for the day when they could live together as man and wife.
Thuong and Xa were sentenced to five years imprisonment each for trafficking a local woman to China.