Juvenile to be prosecuted for raping 7-yr-old in southern Vietnam

A girl weeps in this photo illustration.

A 15-year-old boy in southern Vietnam’s Tra Vinh Province will be prosecuted for raping a seven-year-old friend of his little cousin.

Tra Vinh police said on Thursday that an investigation into a rape involving two minors had been concluded and the case files had been transferred to the provincial People’s Procuracy in order to prosecute Nguyen Nhut Anh, the alleged rapist.

Anh was charged with raping N., the seven-year-old friend of his cousin H., both of whom lived in Tra Cu District.

According to the police investigation, Anh was driving home by motorbike on January 26 after meeting with friends when he saw H. in front of her elementary school in Tra Cu District’s Ngai Xuyen Commune.

H., together with her friend N., asked Anh for a lift, and the boy agreed.

After driving a short distance, Anh pulled onto a secluded road and told H. to go pick fruit from a nearby guava tree.

With H. out of sight, Anh pushed N. to the ground, strangled the girl, and failed in an attempt to rape her.

Anh left N. and took H. home before returning to N. and convincing the girl to let him take her home through a shortcut.

In the middle of an open field, Anh forced N. into a ditch, slapped N. repeatedly before raping the victim.

By the time the crime was over, N. was bleeding profusely and Anh ran home to avoid being caught.

N. was later found by local farmers, who took the girl to hospital and reported the case to the police.

Anh presented himself to police shortly after and confessed his crime.

In related news, Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Tan District Police on Thursday prosecuted a local man named N.V.T. for similar allegations.

T. was charged with sexually assaulting his 15-year-old step-daughter multiple times between August 2015 and May 2016 while his wife was away for work.

T.’s crime was only discovered when the mother began to notice her daughter’s strange behavior and pain in the girl’s pelvic area.

After doctors concluded that there were signs of sexual assault, the girl admitted that she was forced to have sexual intercourse with her step-father three to four times each week during the period.

-Tuoi Tre News

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