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Man nabbed for murdering mistress over alleged blackmail in Vietnam

Thursday, January 02, 2020, 13:53 GMT+7
Man nabbed for murdering mistress over alleged blackmail in Vietnam
Authorities search a coffee plantation in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak where a body was found on December 30, 2019. Photo: Trung Tan / Tuoi Tre

A man in Vietnam’s Central Highlands has been arrested for murdering his mistress at a coffee plantation over threats of extortion in exchange for keeping the affair a secret.

Police in Buon Ma Thuot City, Dak Lak Province confirmed on Wednesday that they had captured Nguyen Quang Hung, 28, the prime suspect in the murder of a local woman.

According preliminary information, Hung’s father, Nguyen Quang Tan, discovered the body of a woman at his coffee plantation on Monday morning.

The corpse was missing its right hand and was in a state of decomposition when it was found.

After the incident was reported, police officers searched the area and found an abandoned motorbike nearby.

A source close to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper confirmed that the victim had been identified as Nguyen Thi Thu Huong, 22.

At the police station, Hung claimed he was previously involved in an affair with Huong, although the two were already married to their respective spouses.

In early December, the two had sex at his father’s coffee plantation where Huong secretly filmed the encounter, Hung told police officers.

On the afternoon of December 25, the two met again at the plantation, where Huong showed Hung the sex tape and asked him to lend her VND30 million (US$1,293).

Huong threatened to send the footage to Hung’s wife if he did not give her the money.

They had a heated argument, which ended with Hung strangling Huong to death and hiding her body at the plantation.

He also took her golden necklace and hid her motorbike.

Police are still investigating the case.

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