The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court yesterday handed an 18-year jail term to Nguyen Chi Trung, 35, for kidnapping an eighteen-month-old girl last year and demanding a ransom of US$300,000.
Baby kidnapper Nguyen Chi Trung Photo: Tuoi Tre
Last July the police arrested Trung when he was receiving the ransom money from Nguyen Phuc Hoang, a pharmacy owner in District 11, at the Pham Hung-Nguyen Van Linh crossroads in District 7 for releasing Tuyen, the abducted child.
They have since been hunting for Huynh Nhut Thong, the instigator of the kidnapping, and another man named Khai who was involved in the crime.
Trung told the police that Thong -- a friend of his -- had dated H., Hoang’s niece, and visited Hoang’s house a few times.
Finding Hoang to be rich, Thong hatched along with Trung a plan to kidnap his daughter and extract a large ransom.
Thong promised to give Trung 20 percent of the money.
After carefully learning about the daily routines of Hoang and his family, Khai took Trung on a motorbike to Hoang’s house on April 20, 2010, where the latter pretended to be looking for a house for lease.
The family’s help let him in and placed the baby on the floor before going into a room to call Hoang.
As soon as she left, Trung took the baby and fled with his accomplice.
Hoang reported to the police immediately.
Trung called Hoang and demanded 300 taels of gold – worth US$556,000 then -- for his child’s release. But following negotiations the sum was reduced first to $450,000 and finally to $300,000.