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Teenage game addict murders, robs friend in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

Thursday, March 25, 2021, 12:25 GMT+7
Teenage game addict murders, robs friend in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta
Bui Trong Nghia at the police station in An Giang Province, Vietnam, March 25, 2021. Photo: Tien Vu / Tuoi Tre

A teenage game addict from Vietnam’s Mekong Delta has been arrested for perpetrating a murder-robbery on his friend.

The Department of Public Security in An Giang Province confirmed on Thursday morning that it had apprehended Bui Trong Nghia, 16, a resident of Chau Phu B Ward, Chau Doc City, for murder and robbery.

The victim is Thai Quang Minh, 28, also a resident of Chau Phu B Ward.

At the police station, Nghia claimed to be a game addict and admitted that he had pawned two of his family’s motorbikes for gaming money. 

As the boy needed to claim back the two vehicles, he planned on robbing Minh.

The knife Nghia used to murder Thai Quang Minh. Photo: Tien Vu / Tuoi Tre

The knife Bui Trong Nghia used to murder Thai Quang Minh in An Giang Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tien Vu / Tuoi Tre

Nghia said he had been friends with Minh and noticed that the latter often wear valuable accessories.

At around 7:00 pm on Tuesday, Minh picked up Nghia on a motorbike and the two traveled to a local eatery.

After they finished their meal at about 10:30 pm, Nghia asked Minh to take him to a new urban area in Chau Doc City.

After reaching a secluded location, Nghia told Minh to pull over. 

He then threated Minh with a knife and forced him to hand over his gold necklace. 

Minh resisted and screamed for help, prompting Nghia to stab him in the neck.

Police probe the scene in An Giang Province, Vietnam, March 24, 2021. Photo: Buu Dau / Tuoi Tre

Police probe the scene in An Giang Province, Vietnam, March 24, 2021. Photo: Buu Dau / Tuoi Tre

The victim tried to run away but was chased by Nghia, who stabbed him to death.

Nghia took Minh’s necklace, motorbike, and VND500,000 (US$21.6) before hiding the body and the murder weapon.

He rode the motorbike to Vinh Chau Commune and pushed the vehicle into a canal.

The following morning, Nghia sold the gold necklace for VND34 million ($1,470).

Local residents found Minh’s motorbike with multiple blood stains the same day and reported the case to police officers.

Following a brief investigation, officers arrested Nghia and found the victim’s body and the murder weapon.

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