A court in Dong Nai Province sentenced two young men to death on Friday for murdering a gold shop owner with whom they'd shared a sexual relationship.
Nguyen Van Long, 22, and Pham Ngoc Anh received the death sentence after being convicted of murder and robbery, Tuoi Tre reported.
Their accomplice Nguyen Van Tot, 20, was sentenced to 20 years in jail for the same charges.
According to the indictment, the victim, Nguyen Hieu Hoc, began a homosexual relationship with Long well before the crime occurred.
The court found that Long developed a plan to rob and murder Hoc after discovering he ran a gold shop out of his home on Nguyen Huu Canh Street, Trang Bom District.
On the night of August 26, 2013, Tot handed two knives to Long and Anh as they arrived at Hoc’s house.
Hoc agreed to invite Anh in for the night.
After Hoc took off his clothes, Long and Anh signaled one another to draw their knives and attack.
Police say the pair stabbed Hoc 23 times.
Forensic investigators say they discovered wounds on his head, neck, face, belly and back.
After Hoc was dead, the three men cleaned themselves off and looted his house of money, gold, and other valuables.
Then, the two killers drove his expensive motorbike to Dalat.
After abandoning the bike in a parking lot in Lam Dong Province, they took a taxi to Nha Trang, where Anh gave his sister nearly US$11,000 in dong and dollar notes, a cell phone, a quantity of gold and a laptop.
When she asked him about the origin of the gifts, he avoided answering her.
The two killers then boarded a bus for Hanoi, where Long gave his sister more than VND190 million ($8,890).
On September 4, Dong Nai police arrested them at a guest house near Ha Long Bay.
Tot gave himself up on September 27.
The three were ordered to compensate the victim’s family VND319 million (nearly US$15,000).
The trial was held in an open and public manner. Hundreds of spectators attended.