Nguyen Manh Tuong at the trial on Friday. Photo: Ha An
The Supreme People’s Court on Friday upheld the 19-year sentence for a Hanoi plastic surgeon who had been found guilty of dumping the body of a dead patient into a river.
Nguyen Manh Tuong, 42, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for medical malpractice and five years for desecrating a corpse by the Hanoi People’s Court last December.
He appealed the verdict soon after the trial.
The court on Friday decided to uphold both the jail sentence and the conviction.
Tuong, who ran Cat Tuong Cosmetic Clinic, was held responsible for the death of Le Thi Thanh Huyen, who died in the middle of a liposuction and breast enlargement procedure that he administered on October 19, 2013.
Huyen was 39 years old then.
Tuong and one of his employees dumped her body into the Red River in Hanoi.
At the trial on December 4 and 5 last year, Tuong pleaded guilty to desecrating a corpse, but pleaded not guilty to medical malpractice.
Tuong argued that the forensic tests conducted on Huyen failed to determine the exact cause of her death.
Her body, he argued, was recovered from the river 10 months after it had been dumped and would have proven unfit for an autopsy.
The judicial panel rejected his argument.
Dao Quang Khanh, 18, the clinic security guard who helped Tuong dump the body, got two years and nine months for desecrating a corpse and robbery. The court also found that Khanh had stolen an iPhone from the dead victim.
Tuong will be barred from practicing medicine for five years after he completes his sentence. He has been ordered to pay the victim’s family more than VND585 million (US$26,032) and give each of her children VND1 million a month until they turn 18.