Gold shop murder suspect surrenders to police

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Gold shop murder suspect surrenders to police

A man who had been wanted in the gruesome murder of a gold shop owner in Hanoi’s Thuong Tin District, turned himself in to police on Feb. 18 evening, local authorities said.

duong 1 Nguyen Huu Duong transferred to Hanoi Police Department from Thai Binh northern province's police on February 19, 2012. Photo: Tuoi Tre


One day later, Thai Binh’s police handed over the murder case to Hanoi Public Security Department.

Nguyen Dinh Trung, deputy director of Thai Binh’s Public Security Department, said 27-year-old Nguyen Huu Duong, who cruelly killed Nguyen Thi Bac, 55, to steal her gold necklace, confessed to the police all his criminal acts.

Duong told the police he was an employee at Trang An Cooking Oil Company and his wife is working as an accountant for a company in Hanoi. The couple does not have children.

According to his neighbors, Duong looked benign from his early age to the time before his murder.

After being graduated from school, Duong got married and the couple left Thai Binh for Hanoi for business.

In 2011, Duong borrowed VND30 million from his biological father and 5 taels of gold from his father-in-law to do business. However, because he suffered losses while doing business, he was not able to pay off debts on time.

On Feb. 16, when he came to Thuong Tin District, he saw Vung Bac gold & silver shop situated on 25 Do Xa St., Van Diem Commune. He came up with an intention to steal some cash in the shop to pay back the debts.

Afterwards, he approached the shop with intent to steal property.

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Nguyen Huu Duong transferred to Hanoi police from Thai Binh northern province's police on February 19, 2012. Photo: Tuan Phung

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Many reporters try to take photo of the murder suspect on February 19, 2012. Photo: Tuan Phung

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His criminal acts caught by a camera placed in the shop. This photo taken from a footage.

Cold-blooded killing

According to the suspect’s testimony, he stepped inside the shop and saw an old woman, the victim’s murder, going outside. At that time, Nguyen Thi Bac, the shop owner, was looking after the shop alone. He approached the counter to ask to sell some gold.

Duong took off a weeding ring and gave it to Bac. Bac suggested buying it at VND43 million a tael. Duong said he would like to be offered a higher price.

While Bac was turning around to weigh the gold, Duong asked to show him the restroom.

When she took him through the living room toward the restroom, Duong suddenly strangled her, covered her mouth and placed a knife near her throat. He threatened to kill her if she didn’t give him some cash.

When Bac said she didn’t have money, he cut off her throat to steal property.

Bac then struggled to hug him tightly from behind, Duong cruelly stabbed her many times and left her to bleed to death.

Afterwards, he tried to open the glass counter with Bac’s key to steal the gold and jewelries but failed.

He tried to break the counter with his elbow but didn’t succeed either. Duong then snatched the gold necklace worth VND2.8 million ($140) from Bac’s body and fled away on a motorbike.

Surrendering to police

After the murder, he drove towards his father-in-law’s house in Dong Cuong commune in Dong Hung District of Thai Binh northern province. He told his father-in-law that he had earlier committed a crime.

He then told the same thing to his biological father also living in Dong Hung District and went to bed.

The following morning, Duong told his family members he had stabbed a gold shop owner to steal her necklace and didn’t know how she was.

His biological uncle advised him turning himself in to police so the government can be more lenient to him.

The police also seized the T-shirt with blood that Duong wore when committing the crime.

Duong is much likely to be charged with murder and stealing property.

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