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Last updated on August 3rd, 2017 at 11:24 am

Special treatment for the violent brother of a heroin smuggler:

Nguyen Tuong Van’s brother, Nguyen Khoa, repeatedly slashed a teenager with a samurai sword, seriously wounding the 17-year-old’s arm, buttock, ankle and left knee.

Khoa was sentenced to three years in jail for the 1998 attack, which resulted in the victim requiring plastic surgery. But County Court judge Meryl Sexton suspended the jail term because Khoa’s “personal situation … (had) become so traumatic because of (his) brother’s situation”.

Details of Khoa’s conviction can be published today for the first time after Judge Sexton yesterday lifted a publication restriction imposed to avoid jeopardising Van’s plea for clemency …

Judge Sexton said Van’s arrest resulted in “an increase in (the) level of (Khoa’s) maturity” but that he had relapsed into heroin use in 2003, possibly as a result of his brother’s arrest in Singapore.

Poor kid. Bad things just keep happening to him for some reason.

UPDATE. More here.

Posted by Tim B. on 12/04/2005 at 01:45 AM
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