Cop gets 7-month sentence for beating on-duty cop
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A Ho Chi Minh City court yesterday gave a 7-month sentence to Tran Dai Phuc, a former mobile policeman, for attacking a traffic policeman who was on duty in late July 2011.
Former police officer Tran Dai Phuc in court Photo: Tuoi Tre
Phuc, who was dismissed from the force and also expelled from the Party in August 2011 for his serious offenses, was charged with “resisting law enforcement officers on duty,” the Binh Thanh District People’s Court said.
According to the result of the investigation, Phuc attacked traffic policeman Van Thanh Luan who tried to stop him for riding a motorbike without helmet on Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Street in Binh Thanh District on July 28, the court said.
In his previous report, Luan said Phuc punched him in the face as soon as he stopped the bike so he had to defend himself by striking the baton on Phuc’s shoulder.
Phuc rejected the allegation, saying while he was riding his bike he was unexpectedly hit on the right shoulder by Luan, who later gave an elbow attack on his face.
Phuc said Luan was wearing a traffic police uniform but did not have a name-tag, so he suspected Luan to be a fake traffic cop and fought back as a self-defense response.
Phuc added that according to traffic police regulations, patrolling duties must be performed by at least two policemen wearing name tags and riding a specialized police motorcycle.
However, after the Court announced the testimonies of several witnesses, Phuc pleaded guilty to attacking Luan. He also petitioned to the court to give him a light sentence, as he has his old parents and little children who need to be supported by him.
After taking all that into account, the court sentenced Phuc to 7 months imprisonment.