A court in north-western Vietnam sentenced six men to death for raping and murdering 22-year-old student Cao My Duyen in a case that shocked the country earlier this year, state media reported on Monday.
On February 2, gang leader Vi Van Toan told his gang members that the student’s mother owed him nearly $13,000 for buying about 700 grams of heroin in May 2017.
He said he wanted them to help him kidnap her daughter and blackmail her.
In return, Mr Toan would give them money and drugs, the online newspaper Tien Phong reported.
One of the gang members went to Muong Thanh market in the city of Dien Bien Phu, where Ms Duyen was helping her mother sell chickens, according to the Vnexpress online newspaper.
He then asked her to deliver 13 chickens to a specific address in town.