A 67-year-old woman from the north-central Vietnamese province of Nghe An has been sentenced to 12 years behind bars for murdering her own granddaughter over conflict with the girl’s father.
The sentence was handed to Pham Thi Huong, whose registered address is in Hau Thanh Commune, located in Yen Thanh District, at a court in Nghe An on Friday.
The murder took place on November 3 last year, when Huong’s 11-year-old granddaughter N.T.T. was on her way home on an electric bicycle from a friend’s birthday party and met Huong biking nearby.
Huong then parked her bicycle at a local grocery store as she agreed to let T. ride her to a relative’s house on the electric bicycle.
On their way, T. talked about her father, who is Huong’s son, making the grandmother angry as she and the son had previously had an arguement.
As Huong wanted to “handle the granddaughter as a replacement for the father,” the elderly asked T. to take her to the Bau Ganh dam to take a bath there.
While T. was helping Huong wipe her back, the grandmother pushed the 11-year-old girl into the water and returned home as if nothing had happened.
Given the absence of T., her family went searching for the girl while Huong went to Hanoi with a friend to look for a job.
It was not until around 5:30 am on November 5, 2019 that the girl’s body was discovered in the water near the dam.
CCTV footage extracted from a nearby residence’s security camera showed parts of when T. met Huong on November 3 and proved the grandmother was the last person in contact with the young victim before her death.