Singaporean jailed for holding girlfriend captive in Vietnam hotel

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Eng Yong Kit before the trial on Wednesday. Photo credit: Minh Bang/Tuoi Tre Eng Yong Kit before the trial on Wednesday. Photo credit: Minh Bang/Tuoi Tre

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A Ho Chi Minh City court on Wednesday sentenced a 41-year-old Singaporean man to five months and six days in jail for locking his girlfriend inside a hotel room in February.
Eng Yong Kit was set free after the trial as he had been detained long enough, local media reported.
The court heard that on February 2, Kit forced his 24-year-old Vietnamese girlfriend into a hotel room on District 3’s Hai Ba Trung Street.
He then locked the room and blocked the door with a bed to prevent others from rescuing her.
Police and representatives of the Singaporean Consulate General in HCMC arrived at the hotel, but they failed to talk him into opening the door.
Eight hours later, police had to use smoke grenades and break in to rescue the woman. Kit was arrested.
He told the police that he met his girlfriend online and they started dating in June last year.
When the woman, believed to be a sex worker, decided to break up with him, he did not take it well.
The court said it handed down the lenient sentence because there were no serious consequences and the woman also requested to drop charges against him.

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