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Drunk son sets fire to 67-year-old father in Vietnam

Monday, September 14, 2020, 17:03 GMT+7
Drunk son sets fire to 67-year-old father in Vietnam
Nguyen Men Em, 30, who hails from the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang, is alleged to have set fire to his 67-year-old father on September 11, 2020. Photo: Hoai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Police in Cai Be District in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang are investigating a case where a local man allegedly set fire to his 67-year-old father last week.

The victim was taken to hospital with serious burns, police said on Sunday.

An initial investigation reveals that at 3:00 pm last Friday, Nguyen Men Em, 30, returned to his home in Hau My Bac B Commune, Cai be District after drinking.

The intoxicated man had an argument with his father, Nguyen Van Luom, 67, who was resting on a hammock.

Em then took a barrel containing around three liters of gasoline and poured some onto the floor before striking a lighter to threaten his father.

When Luom dared Em to set the house on fire, the son suddenly splashed gasoline onto his father and set him ablaze.

Seeing Luom on fire, Em and Le Van Linh, Luom’s son-in-law, helped to put out the fire and rush the man to a general hospital in neighboring Cai Lay District.

Luom was then transferred to Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, where doctors diagnosed him with second- and third-degree burns covering 71 percent of his body.

Em has admitted to the act, blaming his loss of self-control after being scolded by the father.

As Luom has yet to demand criminal discipline against the son, Em has been released on bail.

Local police are finalizing documents on the case to handle Luom's alleged crime.

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Pham Nhat - Hoai Thuong / Tuoi Tre News

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