Nguyen Thuy Linh, 19, is convicted of stabbing a man to death for stealing her family's cell phones
A court in central Vietnam on Wednesday sentenced a 19-year-old girl to life in prison for murdering a man who stole her family’s two cell phones last year.
The People’s Court of Quang Nam Province also ordered Nguyen Thi Thuy Linh to pay VND112 million (US$5,200) in compensation to the family of her victim, Nguyen Quoc Viet, 26.
According to the indictment, on September 19, 2013, Viet stole two cell phones of Linh's sister when he was at Linh’s mother’s home for a party, and then left.
After finding the phones missing together with Viet, Linh, who carried a knife, and her mother went to look for the man.
They found Viet at a nearby hamlet and forced him at knife point to return to their home, prosecutors said.
Viet then admitted stealing the cell phones and returned them, but Linh told him that he “does not deserve to live” and stabbed him in his stomach and back.
Viet tried to flee, but Linh chased him, again using the knife to force a passer-by on motorbike to help her on the hunt.
When she found Viet sitting exhaustively in the street, she stabbed him again. Viet died on the spot.
Speaking about the sentence for Linh, the board of judges her acts were “extremely serious,” as she deliberately ended a person’s life.
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