Teenage robbers jailed in HCMC for violent crimes

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Teenage robbers jailed in HCMC for violent crimes

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A gang of mostly teenaged robbers who preyed on many tourists in downtown Ho Chi Minh City last year and injured a foreigner they mugged have been sentenced to jail.
Nguyen Thuyen Tam, 17, Vo Tuan Kiet, 16, Huynh Huu Loc, 15, Nguyen Cong Tan, 16, Le Van Thanh Hung, 16, Nguyen Tuan Thanh, 20, and Pham Ngoc Thach, 16, carried out a rash of robberies in Districts 1 and District 4.
On Thursday the People's Court of HCMC handed down sentences of seven years to Tam and Thanh, five years to Loc, three years to Kiet, Tan and Hung, and 18 months to Thach.
The gang targeted both locals and foreigners for cash, mobile phones, and cameras.
On October 19, 2015, five of them attacked German Sebastian Graetz and his Kazakh girlfriend Yekaterina Ponomarenko, with knives, sticks and bricks near the Tau Hu Canal in District 1.
Graetz was stabbed several times in his head and back but managed to escape, and the gang fled with his belongings.
The five were caught six days later after they robbed two women at knifepoint under Calmette Bridge in District 1.

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