A court in the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang on Thursday condemned a 36-year-old man to life in prison for killing his own daughter in 2019.
According to the indictment, Bui Van Hoi, hailing from the northern province of Thai Binh, was granted custody of his daughter, 10-year-old B.T.U.N., after divorcing his wife in February 2018.
Hoi and N. relocated to Da Nang, where he sent the girl to a temple to live there due to his busy work, in the same year.
Later that year, Hoi married South Korean L.J.Y. and asked the temple administrators to allow him to take N. out for staying with him at a hotel.
One time when N. disobeyed Hoi, he slapped the daughter so strongly that she hit the wall and got her forehead bruised.
On the afternoon of February 1, 2019, Hoi yelled at N. as she spilled milk on the bed.
As N. argued back, in his anger, Hoi sat on her lap and used his hands to strangle her.
After a while, Hoi let go of his hands and gave N. 30-40 minutes of artificial respiration, but she did not regain consciousness.
Thinking that N. was dead, the man planned to get rid of her body.
He bought two sacks and rolls of plastic rope and called Y., but the South Korean woman did not answer his call.
When Y. called back late on the evening of the same day, Hoi told her the entire incident and asked the woman to give him money to pay for the hotel room where he and N. were staying and to buy a suitcase to put the girl’s body into it.
But Y. did not believe Hoi, thinking that the man was scamming her.
At around 10:00 pm on the same night, Hoi placed N.’s body in a backpack and carried it to the local Thuan Phuoc Bridge.
On the way, he stopped by a vacant land lot to collect two rocks and put them in the backpack.
Hoi waited until midnight, when the bridge was empty of commuters, and threw the backpack with N.’s body in it into the Han River.
On February 25, Hoi went to the police to confess.
Up to date, N.’s body has not been found.
At Thursday’s court, Hoi admitted his criminal act, saying that he felt extremely regretful and guilty and was willing to receive all forms of punishment for his crime.
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