Vietnamese police said on Sunday evening that they were investigating a case where a robber had allegedly killed the son of the family that he had been trying to rob and staged his death as a drowning accident on Saturday.
In relation to the case, N.V.Q., a 44-year-old deaf-mute person who was enjoying the government’s preferential policies for victims of Agent Orange was temporarily arrested by police officers.
According to preliminary investigation results, Q. often visited the family of Khieu Van Quang, 48, Nam Dinh Province and knew that the latter had just received payment for construction work.
When Quang, his wife, and oldest daughter were absent from home on Saturday, Q. sneaked into Quang’s house and broke the family’s safe to steal about VND16 million (US$696).
While Q. was committing the crime, Quang’s 11-year-old son discovered his presence in the house.
Q. thus killed the son to cover his act and placed the victim’s face into a tub in the bathroom to stage his death as a drowning accident.
While examining the scene and the son’s body, police and other related forces determined that the case was a murder and theft of property.
Prior to the day of the incident, the dog of Quang’s family had been thieved.
On the same day, Quang had deposited the majority of his new payment in a bank, leaving in his safe only over VND17 million ($740).
Q. did not take more than VND1 million ($44) of the amount as it was in small bills.