The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court on Friday sentenced a woman to death for beating her fiancé’s eight-year-old daughter to death last year.
The death penalty was handed down to Nguyen Vo Quynh Trang, 27, for ‘murder,’ along with a three-year imprisonment for ‘torturing others.’
The judge panel also gave Nguyen Kim Trung Thai, the murdered child’s 37-year-old father, three years in prison for ‘torturing others’ and an additional five years for ‘concealing crimes.’
The criminal behavior of the defendants is particularly dangerous for society as they committed crimes against a child, according to the city People’s Procuracy.
It is thus necessary to remove them from social life permanently.
Trang and Thai had lived together for over a year, from the time Thai divorced his ex-wife and was given custody of the daughter in 2020.
Trang had frequently beaten the eight-year-old girl and forced her to do chores, investigation found.
When rods broke due to repeated beatings, she switched to wooden implements.
On December 22 last year, Trang beat the girl so badly that she fainted.
The girl was taken to hospital, but was declared dead on arrival.
Her wounds and bruises prompted doctors to contact police.
Thai then deleted all the camera data of his apartment to conceal the crime.
The case triggered indignation among people nationwide.