Vietnamese gets death sentence for killing family of 4 after caught stealing

By Khanh Hoan, Thanh Nien News

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Vi Van Hai, 24, during a court in Nghe An Province on September 30, 2015. Photo: Pham Duc Vi Van Hai, 24, during a court in Nghe An Province on September 30, 2015. Photo: Pham Duc

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A court in central Vietnam on Wednesday sentenced a 20-year-old man to death for killing four people of a family, including an infant, on July after he was caught stealing lemons from the family's farm. 
According to the indictment, Vi Van Hai of Nghe An Province was caught in the act by Lo Van Tho, 24, the farm's owner, on July 2. 
After a short quarrel with Tho, Hai did not leave but went into Tho's tent and ate the lemons. 
They argued again and Tho tried to punch Hai, who then grabbed a knife in the tent and killed the other man, the indictment said. 
He then went looking for Tho’s wife, Le Thi Yen, who was running away together with her 11-month-old son. While chasing the 26-year-old woman, Hai killed Tho's mother, 63-year-old Vieng Thi Duong, who was bathing in a nearby stream.
Hai only left after killing Tho’s wife and her baby.
The mother of Le Thi Yen at a court in Nghe An Province on September 30, 2015. Her daughter Yen was killed by Vi Van Hai on July 2, 2015 together with her 11-month-old son. Photo: Khanh Hoan
Hai told the court that he was "very angry," adding that he is a relative of the victims.
The court also ordered him to pay a total of VND183.9 million, or around US$8,200 to Tho's father and father-in-law. 

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