Thief returns to kill after losing slippers on the run

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Not only did Nguyen Huu Nghia foul-up a home invasion and burglary, his slippers fell off and his cellphone fell out of his pocket as he escaped the botched robbery.

But he returned later and demanded that the man he tried to rob, Phan Thanh Duc of Binh Thanh Disctrict's Van Kiep Street, pay him compensation for the belongings he lost. When Duc refused, Nghia stabbed him to death in his cousin's home.

At least that's what the Ho Chi Minh City People's Court on Friday concluded when it slapped Nghia, 30, with the death sentence for the brutal murder.

According to the indictment, Nghia tried to steal truck batteries from a house owned by Duc's cousin, Trang Van Nam, on November 15, 2011.

However, Duc and his cousin Nam detected Nghia, who lost his cell phone and slippers when he fled.

Nghia returned to the house every day that week to demand compensation.

On November 18, 2011, Nghia threatened to kill the family. When he saw Duc, he chased him down and stabbed him to death.

Nam's son, Tran Dinh Trong, came to his Duc's defense and Nghia fled after Trong put a knife in his thigh.

Investigators said they did not file charges against Trong because he was blocking Nghia from attacking Duc. Trong only faced an administrative fine.

Nghia, born to a family with six children, quit school in 9th grade. He got married and has a seven year old son. He had served a two and a half year jail term for illegal possessing of drugs.

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