A Hanoi man has been sentenced to 19 years in prison for repeatedly raping his girlfriend’s 12-year-old daughter over a span of eight months.
The municipal People’s Court on Thursday carried out the trial of Pham Thanh Tung, 31, a resident of Ha Dong District.
Tung was sentenced to 19 years behind bars for raping an individual under 16 years old.
According to the indictment, Hoang Thi Thu Huyen, 34, divorced her husband and lived with her three children, including 12-year-old H.H.B., at a tenanted house in Hanoi.
Huyen often tortured B. by hitting the girl with plastic pipes, wooden sticks, and electric wires.
The indictment also stated that Huyen usually neglected her other children.
In early May 2020, Tung had a romantic relationship with Huyen and the two moved in together. They also had a baby.
From May 2020 to January 2021, Tung raped B. on nine occasions when Huyen was not at home.
He also threatened to beat the young girl if she tried to resist or if she told anyone.
B.’s aunt eventually became aware of the situation and reported the case to police officers.
She brought B. and her younger siblings to her home.
Tung was arrested in February of this year.
At the trial, Huyen was sentenced to three years in jail for torturing her daughter.
The woman is also being probed for the illegal trade of narcotics.