Vietnam man gets death for deadly chat app brawl

By Giang Phuong, Thanh Nien News

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Nguyen Van Cuong being sentenced to death on September 6. Photo: Giang Phuong Nguyen Van Cuong being sentenced to death on September 6. Photo: Giang Phuong
A court in the southern province of Tay Ninh on Saturday sentenced a 23-year-old man to death for killing a waiter in a brawl that began on anonline messaging app in March.
Nguyen Van Cuong was found guilty of killing 22-year-old Dang Ha Nhi, a waiter at the F6 restaurant in the province’s Duong Minh Chau District. Tay Ninh is around 100 kilometers to the northwest of Ho Chi Minh City.
Nine other men, who joined Cuong’s attack on the restaurant on March 11, got between 9 and 16 years, also for murder.
The crime stemmed from conflicts between Nguyen Van Luan, 26 and Phan Quoc An, 28, who came to know each other through the Zalo mobile messaging app.
Their exchanges quickly deteriorated into a string of insults.
Investigators found that Luan and An had challenged each other and agreed to meet at the F6 restaurant on Zalo where An was drinking.
Luan asked Cuong and two others to accompany him to the restaurant and help assault An. The group also attacked the restaurant’s staff when they attempted to stop the fight.
The group withdrew only after someone doused Cuong with a hot pot, but called a group of friends in for backup.
Soon, An and the restaurant's staff found themselves under attack.
Investigators said Cuong stabbed Nhi, who died from 13 serious wounds. The group continued to attack and injure An and five others at the restaurant before leaving for good.
The defendants were later arrested between March 13 and June 11, including Duy, Hai and Hoang who are congenitally mute and deaf.

Luan was sentenced to 16 years at the trial.

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