Vietnam court jails rapists also for murder even as victim survives

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A Ho Chi Minh City court Friday sentenced a man to 30 years in jail and another to 16 years for raping a woman and trying to bury her alive.

To Thanh Han, 21, of Tra Vinh Province in the Mekong Delta was found guilty of rape, murder, and robbery, while Tran Xuan Canh, 19, was punished for the two former charges though their victim escaped alive.

They were arrested after the woman, identified only as A.T.N.M., was rescued and reported their crime.

Han asked Canh to look for prostitutes after drinking one night in January last year. They targeted M. and took turns to rape her though she said she was not a prostitute.

Han also stole more than VND150,000 (US$7.21) from M.

He then broke her neck in an attempt to silence her and the two then buried her to conceal evidence of their crime.

But security guards at a company nearby heard noises and found M. moving and rushed her to hospital.

The judges found the two guilty of murder since they had indeed tried to kill her and had not expected her to survive.

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