Ho Chi Minh City police have arrested a couple for allegedly orchestrating the grizzly murder of an abusive homosexual lover after discovering his decomposing torso in Go Vap District on May 23.
Police say Tran Nhat Duy, 20, admitted to killing and dismembering 30-year-old Van Anh Tuan because the latter had threatened to kill him if he ended their homosexual relationship.
Duy and his girlfriend, 22-year-old Dang Gia Linh, were arrested on May 24, a day after the alleged murder.
Police say Duy began a relationship with Tuan as an 11th grade student in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang. Tuan, Duy and Linh are all natives of Tien Giang.
Tuan often threatened Duy about engaging in love relationships with others and used to beat him, Duy said.
In October 2013, Tuan followed Duy to HCMC after the latter enrolled in a university, where Duy met and fell in love with his classmate Linh.
Duy confessed that he began purchasing potassium cyanide in mid-May and putting it in Tuan’s noodle but the poison only caused the man to throw up.
On the evening of May 19, Tuan allegedly added the same poison to Tuan’s water and the victim was dead within two hours.
A day later, Duy bougt a hand saw, an electric saw, tape and bags and cut off his victim's head and limbs.
Duy told Linh about the murder and his girlfriend came to his room to help clean up the evidence and spray air freshener to disperse any odors.
From May 21-23, Duy got rid of Tuan's body parts by throwing them in the river near Tien Giang’s My Loi Ferry Station and hiding them somewhere in Lam Dong Province's Bao Loc Town.
Linh helped Duy to sell Tuan’s motorbike and phone for VND10 million (US$50).
Police have yet to recover Tuan’s body parts based on Duy's confession.
On May 23, Duy's landlord Dung called Duy and asked him to clean up his room because many of his neighbors were complaining about the stench emanating from his room.
Duy said he was in the beach town of Vung Tau and would take care of the problem when he returned.
Being suspicious of the intolerable odor, the landlord called the police who later found Tuan's torso in the room.
Further investigation led to the arrest of Duy and Linh, both of whom confessed to their roles in the crime.
Further investigations are underway.