Inmate given life sentence for stabbing

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 March, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 March, 1994, 12:00am

A VIETNAMESE camp inmate was yesterday given a life sentence for stabbing a 19-year-old man to death.

A jury found Hoang Hai Viet, 21, guilty of murdering Pham Duc Dung at High Island Detention Centre in Sai Kung.

The mandatory sentence was handed down by Mr Justice Leong in the High Court.

The jury acquitted three men, Pham Quang Tung, 21, and Nguyen Van Hung and Nguyen Van Tinh, both 20, who were jointly charged with Hoang.

Richard Donald, prosecuting, said Pham Duc Dung and the four defendants were inmates at the detention centre.

The court heard the victim was washing his hair in the camp at about 11 am on September 24, 1992, when he was stabbed in the waist by Hoang. He fled with the knife still in him.

The Crown alleged Hoang and the three other defendants ran after him. The court was told they caught up with the victim and surrounded him but he pulled out the knife to defend himself.

He ran to the waiting area of the Red Cross clinic where he collapsed and was attacked again.

He was treated immediately but died later from his wounds.

Nguyen Van Hung did not give evidence but the other three defendants denied the allegations in court.

They admitted being at the scene but Pham Quang Tung and Nguyen Van Tinh said they were trying to help the victim.

Hoang said he only followed the others and did not stab anyone.