Vietnam child murderer, rapist not mentally ill: police

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The Hanoi police said the man suspected of killing a four-year-old girl and raping her eight-year-old sister last week did not show signs of mental disorder and was possibly just drunk at the time. Dang Tran Hoai, 26, told them he had attended a wedding in Tu Liem District that noon and got drunk. After leaving the party, he stopped to buy guavas from a street vendor, and stole the seller's knife. Some reports quote him as telling the police that he had a sudden urge to have sex. When he passed a shop selling agricultural materials in Ha Dong District, he found the two girls alone inside. He parked his motorbike outside and went into the shop which was also the shopkeeper's house. He began to rape the elder girl and the younger one cried, so he slashed her repeatedly until she collapsed before continuing with his brutal act. The girls' uncle, who lives nearby, said that when he saw Hoai's motorbike outside with the key still in the ignition, he told his daughter to go over … [Read more...]

Flower Road to open in Da Nang City

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PANO – A flower road to welcome the Year of the Snake along the western bank of Han River, under the theme "Flower in blossom", will open on February 7th (27th of the 12th lunar month). The 1km-long and 11.7m-wide promenade, stretching from the Bach Dang–Phan Dinh Phung T-junction to the Bach Dang-Le Van Duyet T-junction, is decorated with 100,000 baskets of 100 types of flowers and ornamental trees. A flower arrangement in the shape of a snake spitting out a pearl is expected to be a popular attraction for both Vietnamese and international visitors. Translated by Tran Hoai … [Read more...]

Vietnam plans to produce its own lethal injection drugs

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Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security on Wednesday said it has proposed to the central government for the country to manufacture its own poison to execute those on death row, as the European Union has maintained its refusal to export the drugs. Minister Tran Dai Quang said at a meeting with the National Assembly the proposal is being assessed by the central government and will be carried out soon, news website Dan Tri reported. A total of 532 prisoners have been awaiting execution since the adjustment to the Law for Enforcement of Criminal Verdict took effect last July, replacing the firing squad with lethal injection as a more humane method of execution. The EU has banned the use of the drugs, telling Vietnam to eliminate capital punishment instead. The death penalty has been abolished in all of the EU member states. Many Vietnamese lawmakers suggested at a meeting last October that Vietnam reinstate the firing squad as the death penalty would not be a deterrent if it could not … [Read more...]

Death sentence maintained for child rapist, killer

Hanoi People's Court maintained the death sentence for Dang Tran Hoai, 27, who raped an 8-year-old girl, killed her 4-year-old sister, and stabbed a male relative of the victims. At yesterday's appeal hearing, Hoai argued that he committed the crime for the first time and was in an abnormal mental state. Hoai's mother told the court that Hoai was hit by a stone in the head when he was 16 and since had mental problems, such as talking nonsense and laughing to himself. Dang Tran Hoai (R) in court (Source: internet) The mother asked the court to put Hoai in a mental asylum, but the jury rejected her request, explaining that the case file showed that he committed the crimes when he did not suffer any mental problems. After hearing all side arguments, the court yesterday rejected the defendant's claim, saying there was nothing that could be considered as extenuating circumstance in this case. Previously, at Hoai's first instance trial in October 2012, the court gave him the death … [Read more...]

Court upholds death sentence for killer rapist

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At yesterday’s appeal hearing, the Hanoi People’s Court upheld two death sentences for Dang Tran Hoai, 27, who raped a little girl and killed her 4-year-old sister, and stabbed a man who is the victims’ relative. At Hoai’s first instance trial in October 2012, the court gave him a death sentence for rape and another for murder. He also received a five-year imprisonment for robbing property. He later appealed, arguing that he committed the crime for the first time and in an abnormal mental condition. However the court yesterday rejected his claim, saying there was nothing that could be considered as extenuating circumstances in this case. Hoai’s mother told the court that Hoai was hit by a stone in the head when he was 16 and he has since had mental problems, such as talking nonsense and laughing to himself. The mother asked the court to put Hoai in a mental test, but the jury rejected her request, explaining that the case file showed that he committed … [Read more...]

“Uncle Ho’s soldiers on the economic front” writing contest:

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PANO – An article, "Children’s voices in deep forest", by Nguyen Ngoc Tan from Gia Lai province, won first prize at the closing and awards ceremony of the writing contest, "Uncle Ho’s soldiers on the economic front", on December 17th in Hanoi. Second prizes went to "Those who make the brand of clean tea", by Me Quang Thang, a reporter from the People’s Army Newspaper, and "To the place where the sun sets", by Tran Dang, a reporter from the Thanh Nien Newspaper. … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoitrenews – November 07

Tuoitrenews briefs the salient news published on Tuoi Tre on November 7. Society: -- Vietnam Construction and Import - Export Joint Stock Corporation (Vinaconex) said the Thu Thiem 2 Bridge project that connects district 1 and district 2 costs about VND2.3 trillion. The bridge which is 852.5m in length is expected to have four lanes, a 2-meter-long divider for planting flowers, and pedestrian lanes on the two sides of the bridge. -- The Saigon Zoological and Botanical Garden, the country's largest of its kind, will be expanded to cover another 0.15 ha (1,500 square meters) to 17ha, according to the city's People's Committee. -- Vietnam's deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has just required People Committee of Nam Dinh Northern Province to submit an official report about the collapse of the 180m-tall television tower in the province during Typhoon Son Tinh late last month to the Office of the Premier before November 25, 2012. -- Police in Hai Phong northern province have filed … [Read more...]

Child rapist, killer receives death penalty in Hanoi Court

On October 25, the Hanoi People's Court opened trial against defendant Dang Tran Hoai from Duong Noi Ward in Ha Dong District of Hanoi, for murder, rape and robbery. The trial of 26-year-old Hoai has attracted the attention of many people because of his extremely cruel behavior and lustful attitude and whose crimes committed in July shocked the country. During the trial, Hoai kept his head bent and repeatedly complained of suffering from a headache. He even refused to answer all questions of the jury. Defendant Dang Tran Hoai at Hanoi People's Court trial (Photo: phatpluat) However, the trial still went on after the jury affirmed he had no mental problems and was in good health. According to the jury's verdict, on July 29, 2012, Dang Tran Hoai, a native of Ha Dong District, wandered on his motorbike along Thang Long Avenue after leaving a wedding party organized in Tu Liem District. When he was passing the house of 30-year-old K.V.H in a rural area of Son Tay Town, he saw two … [Read more...]

Lawmakers want to revise law, as Vietnam faces execution dilemma

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As hundreds of executions have been pending since last year due to the absence of lethal injection drugs, lawmakers suggested Vietnam reinstate the firing squad. Speaking on Friday, National Assembly Vice Chairman Huynh Ngoc Son proposed the adjustment to the Law for Enforcement of Criminal Verdicts, which took effects last July, Vietnamnet reported. He said it was impossible to prolong the "troublesome situation," because without being executed, the death penalty loses its power as a deterrent. According to Son, nearly 450 death-row inmates have been awaiting execution since the new law took effect, but they could not be carried out due to the lack of the necessary drugs. The European Union, where the country had planned to import the drugs from, refused to sell them to Vietnam, saying that the country should eliminate capital punishment, instead, he said. The EU, in fact, has already abolished the death penalty in all of its member states and is now an active promoter of … [Read more...]

Death sentence for killer of girl aged 4

HA NOI (VNS) — The Ha Noi People's Court yesterday sentenced Dang Tran Hoai , 26, of Ha Dong District to death for killing a four-year-old girl and sexually assaulting her eight-year-old sister. The incident happened on July 29 after Hoai got drunk at a wedding and saw the girls playing outside their house. Hoai forced the older sister into the kitchen and raped her, and when her younger sibling cried out for help, he killed her. He also stabbed their uncle who tried to intervene. Hoai was arrested the day he tried to flee.-VNS … [Read more...]

Hanoi child rapist-killer gets 2 death penalties

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A 26-year-old man, whose crimes committed in July has shocked the country, received two death sentences after he was convicted of rape and murder of a four-year-old girl by a court on Thursday. Hoai seen at the trial in Hanoi on October 25, 2012.Photo: Tuoi Tre He also received a five-year imprison sentence for robbing property. One week before the trial, his family burnt incense to commemorate the victim and paid her family a compensation of VND200 million (US$9,600). During the trial, the man bent his head down against a chair and repeatedly complained he suffered a headache. He even refused to answer all questions from the jury. However, the trial still went on after the jury affirmed he had no mental problems and was in good health. Hoai bent his head down against a chair and repeatedly complained he suffered a headache during the trial on October 25, 2012. Photo: Tuoi Tre According to the jury's verdicts, on July 29, 2012, Dang Tran Hoai, a native in Ha Dong district, … [Read more...]

Man arrested for killing child and raping 9-year-old girl

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Police in Hanoi on July 30 arrested Dang Tran Hoai, 26, from Co Dong Commune of Son Tay Town in Hanoi, for raping a 9-year-old girl and killing her 4-year-old sister. According to the police report, Hoai went on his motorbike to a pesticide store in Son Tay Town around 3pm on Sunday afternoon, after which he attended a wedding party in Tu Liem District where he got drunk and then took rest in the house soon after. At that time, the house owner, 32-year-old Khuat Van Hien and his wife were not at home and finding the children alone, Hoai exploited the situation to commit the crimes. … [Read more...]

Indoor air pollution concern raised after supermarket suffocation

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Pham Ngoc Dang, vice chairman of Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment has raised concerns about indoor air quality after dozens of people recently fainted at Big C Supermarket in Hanoi's Nam Tu Liem District. A staff at Big C Supermarket in Hanoi's Nam Tu Liem District fainted while working in the supermarket on March 14. Dang said the ventilation system in many buildings have not been carefully designed to fit with the weather in Vietnam. Meanwhile, Vietnam does not have guidelines for indoor air quality. "Some indoor air pollutions are caused by inappropriate construction designs. These designs allow carbon monoxide or mono-nitrogen oxides travel across the building," he said. "We only have guidelines on noise pollution. Air pollution is only mentioned at factories or other manufacturing environments. Building owners and managers do not aware about this problem." Dang suggested the government to issue guidelines for everyone, especially the architects … [Read more...]

Hanoi building faces suspension after shoppers faint in basement supermarket

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Police in Hanoi have proposed that the city authorities suspend operations of The Garden building after dozens of people passed out at a supermarket located in its basement to serve an investigation into the incident, which has initially been blamed on exhaust gas. Colonel Tran Quang Trong, chief of police of Hanoi’s Nam Tu Liem District, on Sunday said the local police had proposed that the city government temporarily stop shut down The Garden building to serve the ongoing probe into the case in which more than 20 people fainted at the Big C supermarket in the basement, Nguoi Lao Dong (Laborer) newspaper said the same day. The incident took place at about 7:00 pm on Saturday when people were shopping and attending a cultural event at the supermarket. Most of the victims were supermarket employees, while the rest were shoppers. After receiving a report about the incident, district police officers, including firefighting police, were deployed to the scene to handle the … [Read more...]

Patients released from hospital after asphyxiation scare

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VietNamNet Bridge – Ambulances rushed 19 people to the hospital Saturday night after they inhaled too many motorbike exhaust fumes while waiting to leave a supermarket's basement parking lot, VietnamPlus reported. A swarm of people left a live concert held at Big C The Garden in Nam Tu Liem District in Ha Noi and rushed down to the basement for their motorbikes, the parking area's keepers told another online newspaper, Vnexpress. The dozens of motorbikes were left running while their owners waited to leave, filling the basement with fumes and causing asphyxiation. A janitor present during the incident said about 20 people were lying scattered along the staircases leading to the supermarket's upper floor, including parking counter attendants. Hospital 198's emergency ward received the patients, who came in with symptoms of nausea and difficulty breathing, according to the ward's Dr. Do Chi Hieu. After the patients were given first aid, five were released. The other 14 left … [Read more...]

Twenty youths nominated for Vietnam’s top 10 outstanding young faces

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PANO – The Council for Vietnamese outstanding young face awards in 2014 has announced a list of 20 outstanding youths for the public to choose 10 most outstanding ones. The selection process will last till March 15th and the list of the top ten will be made public the same day. The award, which is considered an honor for the young, will be presented by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union to outstanding individuals in acknowledgement of their effective contributions in their specific field. Following are the 20 nominees:1, Pham Tuan Huy, born in 1996, is a student of the University of Natural Science under the Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City. He won two golds at the International Math Olympiad in 2013 and 2014 as well as other certificates and prizes during his academic years at schools. In 2013, Huy was named one of the most outstanding young citizens in the city. 2, Nguyen Cong Tuan, born in 1995, is a student in the Hung Yen province’s … [Read more...]

Hanoi to have one of world’s tallest television towers

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a project to build one of the world’s tallest television towers in Hanoi. The government’s office has just announced Prime Minister Dung’s approval of a project to build the Vietnam Television Tower, Vietnamplus reported. The tower is expected to be among the world’s tallest. To be partly owned by Vietnam Television (VTV), the national television station, the tower will be erected on a 14-hectare plot within the Tay Ho Tay residential area, which spans three communes in Tay Ho, Cau Giay and Tu Liem Districts. The Prime Minister has also OK'd VTV’s plan to operate a joint-stock company together with the State Capital Investment Corporation (SCIC) for the construction of the television tower after thoroughly studying the project’s efficiency. VTV is also supposed to select privately-owned firms to join the joint-stock company. The television station and SCIC can later sell their shares … [Read more...]