Vietnam jails 3 teen boys for throwing stones at buses

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Three teenagers receive jail terms at a trial in Binh Phuoc Province August 20, 2015 for throwing stones at passenger buses. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre Three teenagers receive jail terms at a trial in Binh Phuoc Province August 20, 2015 for throwing stones at passenger buses. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

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Three teenage boys in the southern province of Binh Phuoc were sentenced to between six and nine months in jail on Thursday for hurling stones at passing buses in their neighborhood. 
The court sentenced Tran Van Quan, 18, to nine months in jail while Duong Trung Thanh, 18, and Nguyen Van Nghia, 19, were given six months each under the charge of “deliberate destruction of others’ properties.”
Investigation found the three were throwing stones at cars and buses at around 3 a.m. last May 31 after drinking alcohol.
They broke the windshields of two buses and a car. One of the buses also had a window smashed. No one was hurt.
The court said it gave the boys reduced punishments as they were sincere and showed remorse during the investigation.
Stone throwing has been a scary experience for many passengers traveling across central Vietnam and the southeast region.
The vandals, mostly young adults, used to target trains, but have turned to buses in recent years after operators installed iron nets to protect train windows.
Police in Binh Phuoc have also arrested other vandals between 13 and 16 years old but they are minors and cannot be prosecuted. 
A 2-year-old passenger was injured last May in one stone-throwing incident in Binh Thuan Province.
A court in central Vietnam in early May 2014 sentenced a 17-year-old boy to four years in jail for throwing stones at two buses running on a national highway, which blinded a passenger's left eye. 

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