Teacher charged for acid rampage in southern Vietnam

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Police in the southern province of Dong Thap proposed charges against a local teacher on Monday for maiming four teachers and educational officials with acid due to personal conflicts in March.
Nguyen Minh Tien, 35, faces charges of “deliberately injuring people,” Cong An Nhan Dan (People’s Police) newspaper reported on Tuesday.
Tien will likely be sentenced to three years in prison -- the most sever punishment under the charge -- if convicted.

Nguyen Minh Tien, 35, was charged with attacking four people with acid in the southern province of Dong Thap in March. File photo
 
According to findings from the Thanh Binh District Police, Tien was upset after the district’s education department dismissed his wife -- a kindergarten teacher.
He also allegedly held a grudge against Nguyen Van Chien, principal of Thanh Binh Junior High School, where he worked before being transferred to Tan Phu Junior High School in October last year, police said. The pair had reportedly quarreled over Tien's income.
In February, Tien asked his colleague, a chemistry teacher, to buy him two kinds of acid – hydrochloric and sulfuric acid – for a total of VND200,000 (US$9.3).
On March 21, he took his child to the office of his mother-in-law--who also worked for Thanh Binh District’s Education Department.
Tien had an acid bottle with him.
After that, he headed to the office of Do Phuoc Vinh, chief of the department.
Tien poured the acid into a glass, pretending it was water, and threw the liquid into Vinh’s face.
Dinh Van Cang, deputy chief of the division, rushed to the office, upon hearing Vinh’s screams and was doused with acid as well.
Tien fled the office on his bike and headed to Thanh Binh Junior High School, about one and half kilometers away.
Once there, he threw acid on teacher Nguyen Thi Minh Trang and Nguyen Van Chien, the principal.
Tien later was arrested by a group of police officers and locals while trying to flee.

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