Saigon City police summon 16 over brutal gang attack on girl

N.T.N.T. at the Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City on April 3, 2017 - Tuoi Tre
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Sixteen people have been summoned to a police station in Saigon City for being involved in a brutal assault on a teenage girl.

Officers from the police unit in Tan Binh District on Monday launched an investigation into the attack on 16-year-old N.T.N.T. at a tea shop on Ni Su Huynh Lien Street on March 30.

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A total of 16 suspects were summoned on the same day for being involved in the violence.

“The case is still under investigation. Officers are figuring out the motive for the violence, as well as the role of each suspect,” a leader of the Tan Binh Police Department said.

According to initial reports, T. was working at the tea shop on the night of the incident when P.T.C.H. and several others approached her for a conversation.

H. then slapped T. on the face before leaving the venue.

H. returned a few minutes later, accompanied by a group of some 20 men armed with knives and batons.

The gang then began assaulting T., holding her down while beating her and cutting her face, ears, and legs, only stopping once the victim was unconscious.

The girl was transferred to Cho Ray Hospital with multiple wounds across her body, and her right ear was nearly severed.

Doctors had to insert 14 stitches across the patient’s left eyebrow, 14 at the back of her head, eight on her right ear, as well as performing surgery on one of her eyes.

During a brief interview with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Monday evening, T. recalled she had discovered N., one of her friends, stealing and selling a motorbike of their mutual friend.

“At around 8:00 pm, I was about to testify in the case before an argument began with H., N.’s older sister,” the victim explained.

T. said that her attackers were acquaintances of hers who live near her house.

According to Nguyen Thi Xuan Anh, who is T.’s mother, H.’s family has offered to pay all of the victim’s medical bills if she withdraws the accusation, which she has refused.

-Tuoi Tre News

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