Vietnamese woman charged with attempted murder of creditors

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Prosecutors in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau said Tuesday they have charged a local woman with attempted murder after she allegedly attacked two creditors with a machete.

Le Thi Huong, 38, of Chau Duc District had borrowed VND160 million (US$3,760) from Phan Ngoc Nga, 53, half of it without a written agreement, investigators found.

On January 15 this year Huong asked Nga to come over, saying she would repay the debt.

Nga, who was sick, asked her husband, Nguyen Chi Hung, to drive her over to Huong's house. She said she went eagerly since Huong had refused to return the money on many occasions.

When they reached her house, Huong told Nga to rest and asked Hung to go with her to her backyard to pick eggs for Nga.

She took along a machete saying it was to chop bananas, but when Hung bent down she began to attack him with it.

Hung received 17 cuts on his head and arms, and Nga, who ran out after hearing her husband's screams, got two on her head.

The couple was rushed to hospital by neighbors and Huong was arrested soon afterwards.

Local authorities said Huong was indebted to many people due to her gambling habits.

She had taken advantage of her husband's position as a commune Party leader.

Huong is also being investigated in another case of suspected foul play after Duong Thi Thuy Binh Ha, the cashier at the Kim Long Commune office and her husband's subordinate, went missing earlier this year.

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Police found pieces of bone and teeth in Huong's backyard as well as ashes.

She admitted to burning Ha's body, claiming the latter had been accidentally electrocuted and she got rid of it fearing she would be blamed for the death.

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