Truong Trieu Luong, a bus passenger, had to have his left eye removed after he was hit by a rock on September 24, 2014. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre
A court in central Vietnam on Friday sentenced a teenager to four years’ imprisonment for throwing stones at two buses running on a national highway, which caused a passenger to lose his left eye last September.
Bui Viet Tuan, 17, was convicted of vandalism and battery by the People’s Court of Ea H’Leo District in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported.
Tuan is one of the four teenagers who threw stones at three buses traveling through Dak Lak on the night of September 24, 2014.
However, the three other boys, aged 14-16, were not charged given their young age.
The boys said they arranged to meet on National Highway 14 that night to wait for buses they could pelt with stones.
They said they threw stones at bus “just for fun” and were not aware of possible consequences.
The first attacks broke the windshields of two buses at around 8 pm. Fortunately no one was injured.
These boys later threw rocks at a Co Hai Company bus, which shattered the windshield and struck the left eye of Truong Trieu Luong, a 57-year-old man who resides in Ho Chi Minh City. Doctors at local hospital later had to remove the eye.
Along with his jail term, Tuan was ordered to pay around VND12 million (US$553) as compensation for two bus companies.