A court in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa has sentenced a man to death for killing his uncle's wife and son and severely injuring the uncle's daughter in a row last August,
Thanh Hoa People's Court also ordered Nguyen Van Nguyen, 31, to pay a total compensation of over VND150 million (US$7,205) for the victims' family.
Nguyen's family and his aunt-in-law, Lam Thi Lai, have had many conflicts over the years due to an unresolved land dispute, according to the indictment.
On August 6, 2012, Nguyen's wife Nguyen Thi Thuong, 27, came home after work and stopped at a ditch near their house to wash her hands. Tong Thi Phuong, 17, Lai's daughter, went past, ran into and made Thuong's bike fall into the ditch. Thuong then started a fight with Phuong.
Lai, 43, heard her daughter's scream so she ran outside. Soon Nguyen arrived jumped into the fight but the neighbors broke it up.
At 7 p.m. Lai stood in front of Nguyen's house, which was nearby, and insulted him. She then asked her son Tong Trong Dong, 16, to bring a cane to threaten Nguyen with.
When the duo entered Nguyen's yard, he picked up an iron water pipe and cracked Lai's head with it several times, prosecutors said.
She collapsed in a pool of blood.
Nguyen chased Dong and caught him nearby. He struck Dong in the head several times until the boy lay still on the ground.
He dragged Dong's body to where Lai lay in her own blood and went into his house as if nothing had ever happened, according to investigators.
Phuong had been looking for her mother and brother when she saw them lying still in Nguyen's yard.
She had attacked Nguyen but he overpowered her and knocked her to the ground.
Neighbors rushed the trio to the hospital but Lai died on the way. Dong succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
Nguyen was arrested the next day.
Police found that Lai was killed by fractures to her skull, nose, and cheek bones. Her brain was crushed and her face deformed.
Dong died of similar wounds, according to the news website VnExpress.
Phuong survived but also suffered many injuries, including a fractured jaw and brain damage.
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