A man from central Vietnam who was arrested last year
for beating a mute and mentally-ill teenager in a hotel received a one-year jail term at a trial on Thursday.
Nguyen Thanh Son, 43, was sentenced under assault charges as medical tests found that he left permanent injuries on 11 percent of the body of the 15-year-old, who is congenitally deaf and mute, mentally challenged and and has trouble walking.
No sex abuse charges were brought against him although police in Nghe An Province found many wounds around the boy’s genital area when they saved him from a local hotel last September.
The indictment said Son is a neighbor of the victim and usually took him out, with permission from his family.
But on August 19 last year, he took him away for almost a month and switched to different hotels.
The boy's family could not contact Son.
Nguyen Anh Tu receives hospital treatment after being beaten by his neighbor Nguyen Thanh Son. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre
Son said he beat the boy with his hands and a leather belt because he was angry when finding out that the boy had soiled his bed.
Son cleaned the boy and texted his father to come and pick him up.
A hotel’s staff member called the police after checking the room and noticing the boy unconscious.
Son was arrested while hiding in late September.
The court also ordered him to pay VND40 million, or nearly US$2,000, to the victim.