Vietnam man gets death for murdering gold shop owner

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A Hanoi court Friday sentenced a 27-year-old man to death for killing a gold shop owner earlier this year in an incident that was caught by a security camera.

Nguyen Huu Duong of Thai Binh Province was found guilty of murder and robbery.

He had borrowed VND30 million (US$1,400) from a bank in the name of his father Nguyen Huu Ruong and three taels of gold (worth around VND134 million or $6,400) from his wife's parents.

On February 16 last year his father called him, telling him to repay the loan. Since he had no money, Duong planned to rob a jeweler's.

That afternoon he rode his motorbike along National Highway 1A looking for a shop. He was carrying a fake gold ring, a knife, and a stun gun.

He entered Vung Bac Gold Shop in Hanoi's Thanh Tri District at around 4.30 p.m. after ascertaining that only shop owner Nguyen Thi Bac was present. He pretended he wanted to sell the ring he had bought for VND40,000 ($1.9).

After a while he asked Bac, 55, to lead him to the bathroom. He whipped out his knife and ordered her to open the showcases containing gold and money.

But she resisted, and Duong used the stun gun on her and stabbed her to death before attempting to break the glass cases in vain.

He fled the scene a few minutes later with a necklace taken from Bac.

Police said they identified the suspect from the shop's security camera. His picture went viral and 200 officers were dispatched to 28 communes in and around Hanoi to search for him.

Two days after the murder Duong turned himself in after knowing that his crime had been caught on the camera.

He told the police that after the murder he rode to Thai Binh Province and threw away the weapons on the way.

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