A teen girl has confessed to burning a slew of straw huts belonging to her neighbors, whom she said had caused offense to her family members in the north-central Vietnamese province of Ha Tinh.
The case was unveiled on Tuesday as police in Huong Son District, Ha Tinh identified N.T.T., a 14-year-old resident of Son Tien Commune, as the perpetrator of the destruction of one shelter and eight straw huts in the locality from June 26 to August 9.
At the police station, T. admitted to igniting eight neighbors’ straw huts, including burning one of them twice, and setting fire to her own family’s fence for six times.
T. said she did so to take revenge on those who had decried her family members.
The girl had neither a medical history nor mental illness, according to local authorities, while her homeroom teacher regarded her as a student who refuses to socialize and stays quiet. Therefore, she has no close friends.
T. is the youngest child in a poor family whose parents work as farmers to feed their many children.
As most of the victims did not claim compensation for their burnt properties, local authorities decided to deal with T.’s harmful act by cooperating with the girl’s family in educating her as a minor.
While the Huong Son District police were taking her testimony at the police station on Sunday afternoon, another straw hut was on fire at 3:30 pm, before another caught fire at 7:30 pm the same day in Son Tien Commune.
Authorities determined that another group caused the two blazes over personal conflicts.
Police are investigating the two cases.
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