Vietnam taxi driver gets suspended sentence for robbing foreigner

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A taxi driver was handed down a nine-month suspended sentence by the Hanoi People's Court for robbing a South Korean customer in the capital city last year, VnExpress reported on Wednesday.

Le Ngo Quyen, 37, was convicted of robbing Lee Kwanseob of one laptop and two cell phones last June, the news website reported.

According to the indictment, on June 14 Quyen drove Lee, who had with him a backpack containing his passport, a laptop and two Samsung Galaxy phones, from Dinh Tien Hoang Street to the Bao Son Hotel on Nguyen Chi Thanh Street.

When they reached the crossroad between Le Hong Phong and Dien Bien Phu streets, it was flooded, so the driver asked his customer to switch to a xe om (motorbike taxi).

Lee agreed, but since he did not have enough cash with him to pay the fare, he asked Quyen to drive him to the closest ATM to withdraw money.

As Lee got off the taxi at an ATM, Quyen drove away with his bag on the back seat.

After that he sold the laptop, and kept the phones for himself and his wife, prosecutors said.

Quyen was arrested later, while police managed to retrieve all of Lee's stolen property except for his passport. 


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