Vietnamese man arrested on suspicion of murder of ex-wife, her parents over child custody

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Vietnamese man arrested on suspicion of murder of ex-wife, her parents over child custody

Doan Minh Hai is taken to the police station in Phu Yen Province, Vietnam, May 30, 2022. Photo: Duy Thanh / Tuoi Tre

Police in Phu Yen Province, south-central Vietnam have arrested a man who was accused of murdering his ex-wife and her parents last weekend due to a conflict over the custody of his daughter.

The provincial Department of Public Security confirmed on Sunday evening it had cooperated with the Ministry of Public Security in apprehending 34-year-old Doan Minh Hai.

Hai was captured in District 12, Ho Chi Minh City and was taken back to Phu Yen for further investigation.

Preliminary information showed that Nguyen Van Cu, 60, his wife – 58-year-old Le Thi Lien – and their daughter, 28-year-old Nguyen Thi Duong, were found dead at their house on Sunday morning.

Duong and Hai were married but got divorced about two years ago. They have a three-year-old daughter named V..

Following the divorce, Duong took V. to her parents’ house.

The house where Nguyen Thi Duong and her parents were murdered in Phu Yen Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duy Thanh / Tuoi Tre

The house where Nguyen Thi Duong and her parents were killed in Phu Yen Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duy Thanh / Tuoi Tre

At the police station, Hai stated that Duong and her parents had not allowed him to see his daughter in recent years, which led to repeated arguments between both sides.

Around noon on Saturday, Hai murdered Duong and her parents with a hammer at the victims’ house.

He then took V. to his parents’ house, also in Phu Yen, and asked them to take care of the child while he works away from home.

The man did not tell his parents about the murder and rode his motorbike to Ho Chi Minh City later the same day.

He stayed at an acquaintance’s house in District 12 until he was arrested on Sunday evening.

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