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Man jailed for cutting down, stealing bougainvillea trees in southern Vietnam

Man jailed for cutting down, stealing bougainvillea trees in southern Vietnam

Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 14:38 GMT+7
Man jailed for cutting down, stealing bougainvillea trees in southern Vietnam
Nguyen Van Vu stands trial at the People’s Court in Vung Tau City, Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province, Vietnam, June 22, 2021. Photo: Dong Ha / Tuoi Tre

A man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for chopping down and stealing dozens of bougainvillea trees planted along local streets in the southern Vietnamese province of Ba Ria - Vung Tau earlier this year.

The People’s Court in Vung Tau City under Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province conducted the trial of Nguyen Van Vu, 51, on Tuesday.

Vu was condemned to six years in jail for destruction of property and one year behind bars for theft.

In January and February, the Vung Tau Urban and Parks Development JSC discovered that 24 bougainvillea trees, locally referred to as ‘paper flower trees,’ along Vo Nguyen Giap and 2/9 Streets had been chopped down.

All of these trees were about 13 to 15 years old.

On February 14, police officers spotted Vu as he was carrying a handsaw on his motorbike along 2/9 Street.

A bougainvillea tree on Vo Nguyen Giap Street in Vung Tau City, Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province. Photo: Dong Ha / Tuoi Tre

A bougainvillea tree on Vo Nguyen Giap Street in Vung Tau City under Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province, Vietnam. Photo: Dong Ha / Tuoi Tre

During a working session at the police station, Vu admitted to cutting down the bougainvillea trees on Vo Nguyen Giap and 2/9 Streets.

He also hired two other men to help him.

Vu added he had felled two bougainvillea trees grown by two residents in a local commune.

All of these trees were taken to Vu’s house, where he planted them in order to sell them to his buyers.

Vu was arrested before he could sell any of the trees.

An assessment by local authorities showed that the 24 bougainvillea trees on Vo Nguyen Giap and 2/9 Streets were worth more than VND290 million (US$12,600), while the two trees that Vu stole from local residents were priced at VND9.5 million ($413).

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