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Vietnamese guest worker confirmed as murder suspect in Japan

Friday, September 13, 2019, 18:11 GMT+7
Vietnamese guest worker confirmed as murder suspect in Japan
The neighborhood in Japan’s Ibaraki Prefecture where the incident occurred on August 24, 2019 is seen in this screenshot.

Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed the identity of a Vietnamese national who is being held by police in Japan for allegedly murdering an elderly man and injuring his wife in the East Asian country late last month.

The suspect is Nguyen Dinh Hai, a 21-year-old guest worker in Yachiyo Town, Ibaraki Prefecture, the foreign ministry’s spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang said at a press conference on Thursday, citing the Embassy of Vietnam in Japan.

Hai is being held in custody by Japanese police to assist the investigation.

An attorney has arrived in the Japanese locality to support Hai, the spokesperson stated, adding that the Embassy of Vietnam in Japan has been coordinating with local authorities to carry out necessary citizen protection measures in accordance with both Vietnamese and Japanese laws.

Japan’s NHK Channel reported on September 3 that the incident happened on the early morning of August 24.

The victims, who are an elderly Japanese couple, were found inside their home with multiple slash and stab wounds on their backs.

The 76-year-old man succumbed to his injuries at the hospital, while his 73-year-old wife survived despite her serious wounds.

Japanese police officers reviewed CCTV footage and were able to identify the suspect as a Vietnamese guest worker working in the field of agriculture.

He was caught on camera buying a kitchen knife at a convenience store on August 23 and wandering in the neighborhood on the day of the incident.

Japanese police are still investigating the case and have yet to announce the motive of the suspect.

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