Supreme court upholds death penalty against beheader

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The People's Supreme Court upheld a death sentence against a 26-year-old man who pled guilty to beheading and robbing his ex-girlfriend in July, local news website VnExpress reported.


The court rejected an appeal for lighter punishment submitted by Nguyen Duc Nghia, who said he didn't kill Nguyen Phuong Linh to rob her.


The court concurred with the July ruling that deemed Nghia's acts "cruel."


Nghia and Linh had started a romantic relationship in 2006 and broken up one year later.


According to the indictment, on May 4 this year Nghia asked Linh to meet him at his new girlfriend's apartment on the 11th floor of the G4 building in Cau Giay District, while the latter was visiting her hometown.


After Nghia and Linh made love, he stabbed her to death. Then he cut off her head and fingers before wrapping her torso in a blanket and stashing it on the building's rooftop.


After disposing of the body parts in different places, he pawned her motorbike, laptop aand mobile phone for money.

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