A court in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday sentenced a local man to four years in jail for snatching a bag from a British tourist last year.
The indictment said Nguyen Tuan Tu, 26, drove a motorbike near two British women on Nguyen Trai Street in District 1 on June 23. He then forcefully grabbed one of their bags and sped up.
The tourists were not hurt.
Two patrol police officers saw him and chased after him.
He dropped his bike during the chase and tried to run away on foot but was caught soon later.
Tu said he was in need of money to pay for his child’s medical treatment. But the judge dismissed his excuse.