Woman kills father with poison, stages arson to erase traces in southern Vietnam

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Woman kills father with poison, stages arson to erase traces in southern Vietnam

Tong Thi Tung Linh at the police station in Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province, Vietnam. Photo: D.H. / Tuoi Tre

A 21-year-old woman from Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province, southern Vietnam has been captured for allegedly murdering her father with cyanide over a conflict before staging an arson to cover up her crime.

The provincial Department of Public Security confirmed on Friday they had arrested Tong Thi Tung Linh, who resides in Phuoc Nguyen Ward, Ba Ria City for murder.

Preliminary information showed that Linh had poisoned her father – 54-year-old Tong Hong Diep – on Tuesday by mixing cyanide, a highly toxic chemical compound, into a drink.

After the man died, Linh tied up his body with tape and concealed the corpse in a small pit before covering it with cement.

On Wednesday night, Linh staged another crime by setting her house on fire.

The house where the murder takes place in Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province, Vietnam. Photo: D.H. / Tuoi Tre

The house where the alleged murder takes place in Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province, Vietnam. Photo: D.H. / Tuoi Tre

After the house was partially burned, she ran to her grandfather, who lives nearby, and called for help to put out the flames.

Linh told police officers that she was sleeping when a man grabbed her by the hair and said that he had killed her father as an act of vengeance.

The man then knocked Linh unconscious and burned the house, the woman added.

While officers were examining the residence, they discovered Diep’s body inside the pit and launched an investigation into his alleged murder.

During a working session with police, Linh eventually admitted to killing her own father over a conflict.

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