A court in Hanoi has sentenced a police officer to 12 years in prison for killing a colleague with one kick, after failing to reclaim a debt of VND10 million (US$460) from the victim.
Chu Ngoc Linh, 27, former senior lieutenant of Thuong Cat Ward in the city’s Bac Tu Liem District was found guilty of “deliberately causing injuries” that led to the death of senior lieutenant Nguyen Xuan Bien, 32, the court ruled on Saturday.
According to the indictment, Linh came to Bien’s dorm room at around 4:20 p.m. on July 15, 2014 to ask for the money.
Bien, who was having a meal, told him to go away.
After Linh demanded the money the second time and got the same response from Bien, he kicked the debtor at his neck. Linh was wearing police boots at the time.
Bien fell down and slipped into a coma immediately.
Linh and other police officers took Bien to a local hospital where he succumbed to brain injuries at around 8:30 p.m. on the same day.
Linh was later dismissed. The case had been tried once on February 9, but the court ordered a fresh probe due to inconsistencies in Linh’s confession regarding the debt.
At Saturday's trial, the victim's family requested the court to consider murder charges against Linh. The family’s lawyer said that Linh had been professionally trained and he was aware that his kick would be lethal.
However, the request was rejected.
The court ordered Linh to compensate the victim’s family VND112 million (nearly $5,200) and provide financial support for Bien’s two children until they reach 18.