Southern gangsters get 81 years in jail for machete attack

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A group of ten alleged gang members received a total of 81 years in jail for attacking a man with machetes and severely injuring his companion.

A sentencing in the southern province of Binh Duong on Friday gave the assorted men 76 years in total, while a trial in nearby Dong Nai Province had already given one of them five years for sending his men across the provincial border to the attack.

The indictment said Nguyen Van Minh, 31, had called on the attack against Le Vinh Sinh, 41, because the latter had tried to talk him down from beating his wife.

Minh ordered the purchase of five machetes for the attack, and also asked his friend Pham Phong Trao, a 31-year-old alleged gang leader from Dong Nai, to send more men.

The attack on the night of October 25 last year only slightly injured Sinh. But a man traveling with him suffered permanent severe injuries while another died when his motorbike hit an electric pole as he fled the scene.

Judges said the death was caused by a traffic accident and did not hold the accused responsible.

Minh got nine years, as did Nguyen Van Hoang, who bought the machetes.

Trao got eight years, not including the five years he received in Dong Nai.

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Nguyen Van Huy, who delivered the machetes to the attack, and directly attacked Sinh and stole his motorbike, was sentenced to 15 years.

The court planned to order the gang to pay more than VND90 million (US$4,317) in compensation to the severely injured man, Nguyen Van Quyen, but the victim waived the payment.

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