Dang Van Khuyen, 29, was sentenced to death for killing his ex-girlfriend in a trial in Ho Chi Minh City on August 26, 2014. Photo: Dao Ngoc Thach
A Ho Chi Minh City court on Tuesday handed down the death penalty to a man who stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death in an eatery near a police station and shared statuses about the murder on his Facebook page last year.
Dang Van Khuyen, 29, was found guilty of killing Le Thi Thuy Hang, 24, and he admitted to his crime in the trial held by the Binh Thanh District People’s Court.
According to the indictment, Khuyen from Thua Thien-Hue Province and Hang from Quang Ngai Province had a relationship in 2007.
Around two years later, Hang broke up with him as Khuyen was frequently jealous and they usually fought.
After the breakup, Khuyen repeatedly threatened to beat, kill or throw acid into Hang if she loved someone else.
Hang moved her places several times but Khuyen managed to find her and came to threaten her and damage her personal belongings.
In February 2011, Hang moved to a hired apartment in Binh Thanh District. Khuyen came to her place and broke her property and threaten to set the apartment on fire.
Hang reported the acts to police in Binh Thanh District’s Ward 12.
Things got better until March 2013, when Khuyen sent messages and got on Hang’s way home from work to threaten her.
Hang sent a complaint against the acts to the Binh Thanh District prosecutors’ office.
At around 2 p.m. on April 13, 2013, when Hang was walking to a police station near her place after the police summoned her to work on her complaint, Khuyen followed her secretly.
He sat on a café nearby to watch her.
Two and a half hours later, Hang got out of the police station. Khuyen drove his motorbike behind her.
Upon seeing him, Hang ran into an eatery on Ngo Tat To Street to hide.
Khuyen stopped his bike in front of the eatery, pulled out a knife and repeatedly stabbed Hang.
Things happened so quickly that no one in the eatery could stop him.
Khuyen fled the scene. He then threw the knife into the Saigon River.
Hang was rushed to Gia Dinh People's Hospital but succumbed to her injuries soon afterwards.
That night, Khuyen wrote some statuses on his Facebook page, saying he had punished Hang as she was guilty, and that he will be punished by the law.
“My last free night. Tomorrow I’ll go to jail...” he wrote.
He also retold his love story and said Hang had betrayed him.
The following morning, Khuyen turned himself in to police.
Khuyen told the court he was jealous after Hang had a new boyfriend, so he killed her.