The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court sentenced a man to life in prison on Monday for murdering his ex-girlfriend by setting her on fire after she broke up with him.
Le Anh Cuong, 23, who resides in Hoc Mon District, received the life sentence for murder during his trial on Monday.
Cuong was also required to pay the victim’s family over VND444 million (US$17,800) as compensation.
The indictment showed that Cuong started working as a truck driver for the family of Truong Van Dat in 2019.
He later met 23-year-old N., Dat’s younger sister, and had a romantic relationship with her.
However, N. broke up with him on December 17, 2021.
On the following day, Cuong texted N. that he wanted to meet her, but the latter refused.
Cuong then bought some gasoline and headed to his ex-girlfriend’s house.
The two talked for about 20 minutes before an argument broke out, with N. insisting on breaking up with Cuong.
As N. walked back into her house, Cuong poured gasoline on her and set the victim on fire with a lighter.
As N. screamed for help, family members rushed to help her.
The woman was taken to Cho Ray Hospital on the same day, but passed away on January 11.
The cause of death was severe large-scale burns, the center for forensic medicine under the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health confirmed, adding that the victim suffered burns on 45 percent of her body.