A court in Hau Giang Province in the Mekong Delta on Thursday sentenced a man to 16 years for pushing a traffic cop to death during a chase.
Another man got four years for helping in the killing.
The indictment said Phan Quang Trung, 24, had drove his motorbike to obstruct the motorbike of the police officer on the night of February, while Pham Tan Tai, 19, who was sitting behind, kicked the handlebars, causing the officer to fall off and hit the sidewalk.
Tai, a soldier, got 16 years in jail for murder and Trung, a construction engineer, four years for "fighting with an officer on duty."
They were speeding and refused to stop despite the police's signals, forcing Second Lieutenant Tong Phuoc Ngo, 27, to chase them on a motorbike.
Ngo died soon after the fall from brain injuries and the two were arrested a day later at their homes.
Tai and Trung said they knew they had put the officer's life in danger when kicking his motorbike, but they were too scared to stay at the scene.
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