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Southern Vietnamese man arrested after killing neighbor, burning body for cover-up

Southern Vietnamese man arrested after killing neighbor, burning body for cover-up

Saturday, June 26, 2021, 15:38 GMT+7
Southern Vietnamese man arrested after killing neighbor, burning body for cover-up
Nguyen Thanh Nghia is pictured at the police station in Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam, June 25, 2021. Photo: Tuan Anh / Tuoi Tre

Police in the southern Vietnamese province of Tay Ninh said on Friday that they arrested on Thursday a 57-year-old local man for beating another man to his death over a conflict and burning the body to conceal the crime.

The man -- Nguyen Thanh Nghia, hailing from Phan Commune in Duong Minh Chau District -- will also be investigated for murder and burning the deceased’s body to cover up the case, according to the police.

Nghia was apprehended while hiding in Chau Thanh District on Thursday, one day after fleeing his neighborhood.

At the police station, Nghia said he had come up with the idea of revenging T., a 51-year-old man also living in Phan Commune, after a conflict with him.

On Tuesday evening, Nghia came to a hut located in the middle of a cucumber field, where T. had been paid to look after, and saw the latter was sleeping soundly there.

Nghia grabbed a stick and used it to beat T.’s head and face many times until the man was dead, then burned the victim’s body.

After that, Nghia went home to sleep before running away from his neighborhood on Wednesday morning.

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