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Man jailed for raping 6-year-old neighbor in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

Man jailed for raping 6-year-old neighbor in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 14:31 GMT+7
Man jailed for raping 6-year-old neighbor in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta
Lam Van Tuong reacts after hearing the court’s decision in An Giang Province, Vietnam, June 21, 2021. Photo: Tien Vu / Tuoi Tre

A man from Vietnam’s Mekong Delta has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for raping a six-year-old girl twice.

The People’ Court in the An Giang Province on Monday imposed the punishment upon Lam Van Tuong, 52, for raping an under 16-year-old person.

The indictment showed that Tuong’s latest sexual assault took place at around 5:00 pm on March 19.

After drinking alcohol, Tuong headed to an alley next to his house and saw A. – his six-year-old neighbor.

The man grabbed the girl and pushed her to the wall to rape her.

Tuong was caught in the act by the victim’s mother, so he turned himself in to police shortly after.

Interrogated by police officers, Tuong eventually admitted to having raped A. on another occasion in May 2020, when the victim went to his house to play with his grandchild.

He gave the girl VND2,000, or nine U.S. cents, following the incident and told her not to tell anyone.

Aside from the jail term, Tuong was required to pay A.’s family VND14 million ($608) as compensation.

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