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Southern Vietnamese province executes prisoner strangling fellow inmate

Saturday, December 12, 2020, 17:21 GMT+7
Southern Vietnamese province executes prisoner strangling fellow inmate
This supplied photo shows Hoang Quynh Vinh before he was executed.

Judgement enforcement officers in the southern Vietnamese province of Binh Phuoc have executed the death penalty against a death-row prisoner, who killed a fellow inmate to carry out his escape plan.

Hoang Quynh Vinh, a 36-year-old from Dong Phu District, was given lethal injection, the provincial judgement enforcement agency announced on Saturday morning.

Vinh received the death penalty for “murder,” “intentionally causing injury to other people” and “escaping from detention.”

According to Vinh’s criminal record, while attending a drinking party at an acquaintance’s house in Dong Phu District’s Dong Tien Commune on March 15, 2015, he offered Hoang Van Binh, 45, living in the same commune, a drink but Binh refused.

Thinking that Binh slighted him, he hit Binh on the head with a glass alcohol bottle.

Binh fell to the ground and went into a coma.

Despite being hospitalized for emergency treatment, Binh died two days later.

Vinh then turned himself to local police.

The Dong Phu District police launched legal proceedings against Vinh and arrested him to investigate his act of intentionally causing injury to other people on March 26, 2015.

While being detained in the same room with Le Van Trieu, an accused in an illegal drug trafficking case, Vinh sought to escape from the prison by using a rope to strangle Trieu to death and pretentiously banging on the door to call for help at around 5:00 pm on July 11, 2015.

When the police officers rushed to open the cell door, Vinh tried to run away but he was eventually knocked down and arrested.

On July 24, 2017, the People's Court of Binh Phuoc Province sentenced Vinh to death with the charges of “murder,” “intentionally causing injury to other people,” and “escaping from detention.”

Vinh lodged an appeal against the charges but the High People's Court in Ho Chi Minh City then rejected the petition and upheld Vinh’s verdict.

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