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Vietnamese man arrested for setting married couple’s house on fire over conflict

Vietnamese man arrested for setting married couple’s house on fire over conflict

Wednesday, June 02, 2021, 14:07 GMT+7
Vietnamese man arrested for setting married couple’s house on fire over conflict
Tran Hieu is held at the police station in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City in this supplied photo.

A man from Ho Chi Minh City has been arrested for locking up a married couple inside their house and setting it on fire, killing the husband and severely injuring the wife.

Tran Hieu, 30, who hails from south-central Binh Thuan Province, was captured by police in Thu Duc City under Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday night.

The two victims were P.L., 32, and his wife, 27-year-old N.T.B.L., who rented a house on Nguyen Van Thanh Street in Long Thanh My Ward, Thu Duc to live and sell flowers.

According to preliminary investigation and Hieu’s statement, he locked the door of L.’s house from the outside at around 0:50 am on Tuesday.

The suspect then went to the back of the house, poured gasoline through the window, and set it on fire.

Police officers probe the case in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, June 1, 2021. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tuoi Tre

Police officers probe the case in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, June 1, 2021. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tuoi Tre

As the victims screamed for help, local residents tried in vain to open the locked door.

The married couple could only get out when firefighters arrived at the scene and forced open the door.

They were rushed to the hospital with severe burns.

The husband succumbed to his serious injuries later the same day.

Hieu claimed to sell flowers in the area, adding that he committed the crime due to a business conflict between him and the married couple.

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