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Hanoi man sentenced to death for murdering wife, son

Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 16:21 GMT+7
Hanoi man sentenced to death for murdering wife, son
Quach Van Nam stands trial at the Hanoi People’s Court on December 14, 2020. Photo: Danh Trong / Tuoi Tre

A Hanoi man has been given the death penalty for murdering his wife and son after suspecting the woman was having an affair and had given birth to a child with another man.

The municipal People’s Court on Monday condemned Quach Van Nam, 31, to death for killing his wife – 18-year-old D.K.H. – and son – two-year-old Q. P.T..

According to the indictment, Nam and H. got married in 2017.

H. gave birth to T. in 2018. The mother and son lived at her parents’ house, while Nam, who did not have a stable job, resided at his grandmother’s.

Conflicts often broke out between the couple as Nam suspected that T. was not his biological son.

The man demanded that a DNA paternity test be performed but H. and her family did not agree.

“I just wanted to make sure he was my son so that we could have a happy life together,” Nam said at the trial.

In March, Nam was able to convince H. to live with him along with their son.

However, the two kept having regular arguments, as H. complained about Nam’s unemployment, while the husband still believed his wife had cheated on him.

At around 7:00 am on May 2, the couple had another fight after H. refused Nam’s request for a divorce.

Nam then drank some alcohol and said that they needed to be free from each other, before slashing his wife and son to death with a knife.

The man then turned himself in to local police.

Autopsy results later revealed that T. was his biological son.

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