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Vietnamese man jailed for 20 years for murdering friend who refused to drink with him

Friday, October 30, 2020, 16:55 GMT+7
Vietnamese man jailed for 20 years for murdering friend who refused to drink with him
Luu Minh Hai is pictured at his second trial at the high-level People’s Court in Binh Duong Province, Vietnam, October 29, 2020. Photo: Dan Thuan / Tuoi Tre

A high-level court in the southern Vietnamese province of Binh Duong has stuck to a 20-year jail term against a man for beating a person to death for refusing to drink beer with him.   

The appellate court trying Luu Minh Hai, 25, took place at the High People’s Court in the province on Thursday.

According to the indictment, Hai went to a karaoke bar in Lai Thieu Ward, Thuan An City at around 8:00 pm on May 29, 2019.

He left the place at 10:00 pm the same day and headed for the parking lot, where he met T., who was one of his acquaintances, and another man named K..

Hai asked T. to come back to the karaoke parlor and have some beer, but the latter turned him down.

Thinking T. was looking down upon him, Hai engaged in a confrontation with T., but K. and the owner of the karaoke bar quickly intervened.

Hai got on his motorbike and waited for T. about 50 meters away from the venue.

As soon as T. approached, Hai hit the victim three times in his face and head.

T. tried to run away, but Hai chased him down and continued beating him on his back, chest, waist, and neck.

After the victim collapsed on the ground, Hai kept kicking his head, and only left the scene after K. arrived to help T..

The victim was admitted to the hospital for emergency treatment with a fractured skull, broken ribs, and brain and lung damage. He succumbed to his serious injuries on May 31, 2019.

Hai was arrested by officers one day after the beatings.

The Binh Duong People’s Court sentenced him to 20 years in prison on May 25 this year, before Hai lodged an appeal for a commutation of the penalty.

However, he withdrew his appeal during the court of appeals.

The high-level court then decided to uphold the 20-year jail term against Hai.

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