Taiwanese gets life for killing wife in child-raising dispute

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A Ho Chi Minh City court on Tuesday handed down a life sentence to a Taiwanese man who killed his Vietnamese wife for preventing him from taking their daughter to Taiwan, VnExpress said Wednesday.


The indictment said that Yen Chin Yi, 60, in October last year had slashed his wife, only identified as Ha, to death when she threatened to kill him if he took their eldest girl to Taiwan.


Yi used the knife that Ha used to threaten him. He slashed himself after that in an attempt to commit suicide but local residents had informed the police who intervened.


The couple got married in 1996 and had two daughters. They divorced more than ten years later with Yi given the right to raise the older daughter.


But he returned to Taiwan alone and rarely came to Vietnam, only to give some money to help raise his children.


But in October last year, Ha called Yin telling him that the girl was staying out late and not studying well, so Yin came and lived with them for a while to advise the girl.


Eventually, the daughter agreed to go to Taiwan with him, the court heard.


During the trial, Yi asked for a lighter penalty so he could continue taking care of his children, but his plea was rejected.

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