To Duc Hoa (L) and Nghiem Xuan Thinh in two separate trials in Da Nang City on Monday. Photo: Nguyen Tu
A court in the central city of Da Nang handed down jail terms to two men for robbing and stealing properties from foreign tourists in two separate trials on Monday.
To Duc Hoa, 40, and Nghiem Xuan Thinh, 29, got four years and 21 months, respectively.
According to the indictment, on July 19, Hoa traveled from the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho to Da Nang and visited Ba Na Hill resort.
He spotted Khanhpadith Svengsucksa, a 53-year-old Lao tourist, wearing a gold necklace, at the parking lot of the resort.
He snatched the necklace, but Svengsucksa managed to hold the necklace with one hand and grabbed Hoa’s collar with the other while screaming for help.
Nguyen Tu Cuong, a tour guide, and some security guards rushed to help her, but Hoa had fled with part of the necklace.
Local police arrested Hoa soon afterwards.
The Da Nang City People’s Court sentenced Hoa to four years' imprisonment for “robbery” and ordered him to pay back VND75.6 million (US$3,535) in cash, equivalent to the value of the gold he robbed, to the Lao tourist.
In the second case, Thinh, hailing from the northern province of Ha Nam, was convicted on “thievery” charge.
According to the indictment, Thinh arrived in Da Nang early April and stayed in a hotel room on Le Hong Phong Street.
On the evening of April 10, he broke into a hotel room and stole a camera, three lens and VND1.5 million ($70) in cash from an American male tourist after he saw the man left the room.
He broke into another and stole a MacBook Air from a Vietnamese tourist.
He then checked out and left for Hanoi.
On May 2, he continued to steal two laptops, a tablet, jewelries and other properties from two foreign female tourists into a hotel on Chan Cam Street in Hanoi.
Thinh was arrested in Hanoi.
The Da Nang court sentenced him to 21 months in jail, while a Hanoi court also sentenced him to four years in jail.