Murderer of 5-year-old girl sentenced to death

BA Ria Vung TauPham Van Dung, 46, was sentenced to the highest sentence by the court for killing a 5-year-old neighbor girl and harming three other victims.

On November 10, the sentence was handed down by the People’s Court of Ba Ria – Vung Tau province after a closed trial, and sentenced Dung for the crimes of: Killing, Rape against a person under the age of 16 and Obscene to people under 16 years old.

The court also ordered the defendant to compensate the victim’s family nearly 150 million VND. In the judgment declared publicly, the jury only announced the sentence, not making comments on Dung’s behavior.

Pham Van Dung during the jury deliberation.  Photo: Truong Ha

Pham Van Dung during the jury deliberation. Photo: Truong Ha

Fatter than when he was arrested, Dung appeared calm when he was brought into the courtroom as well as when he received the sentence. The defendant’s lawyer said that throughout the trial, the client admitted to the crime as alleged. Dung apologized, bowed to the victim’s family and hoped for leniency to have the opportunity to rebuild his life and make up for the damage caused.

According to the indictment, on the evening of April 17, Dung went to the funeral of his neighbor’s house but did not have the key to the house. He walked to his father-in-law’s house in the next ward for a birthday party. At the end of the alley, I saw a 5-year-old girl next door and a boy behind, so I stopped to ask.

After walking for a while, seeing that there was only a little girl left, Dung had a dark intention, so he stopped and waited. The guy then carried the girl to the vacant lot to abuse. When the victim cried, he was afraid of being discovered, so he killed him. After committing the crime, Dung went to his birthday party.

The same evening, the family discovered the girl’s body more than 100 meters from the house. Police arrested Dung after he came to offer condolences to the victim’s family.

During the investigation process, Ba Ria – Vung Tau police determined that Dung had given money and seduce 3 other girls near the house. After the abuse, Dung threatened the children not to tell anyone.

Truong Ha

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