Wife murderer receives death penalty

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A court in the central province of Khanh Hoa Wednesday sentenced a man to death for killing his wife and cutting up her body last November.


According to the indictment, Tran Van Ban, 40, and his wife, 36-year-old Tran Thi Hieu had an argument about financial matters while they were slaughtering pigs at their house early morning on November 2.


Out of anger, Ban beat her to death with a thick stick before cutting her body into parts and burying them in a pig dung cesspool.


He then awoke his children, saying their mother had run away. Ban also used Hieu's mobile phone SIM card to text her best friend, saying that she had taken VND350 million (US$18,479) to go to Canada with her lover, the court heard.


One week later, Ban informed police in Vinh Luong Commune that Hieu was missing before running away.


However, when his 17-year-old son suffered respiratory failure, Ban called home, asking his family members to cement over the cesspool's air hole as he suspected toxic gas emissions were responsible for the boy's health problems, according to the indictment.


Hieu's younger brothers then found human bones in the cesspool and called the police.


On December 31, Ban turned himself in while police were in the process of identifying the body.

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