Vietnamese sentenced to 11 years in prison for armed robbery
Taipei, May 25 (CNA) A Vietnamese man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for armed robbery of a small restaurant run by a fellow compatriot in Taiwan, according to a ruling issued by the Taiwan Changhua District Court on Thursday.
The robber, identified only by the surname Phan, and several accomplices held up the Vietnamese restaurant operator in Changhua with toy guns and machetes, and made away with NT$400,000 in cash, jewelry and other valuables, the court said.
Phan, along with six other Vietnamese, carried out the armed heist on Feb. 3, 2014 then he fled the country.
The accomplices were arrested and tried, and Phan was recently detained by local law enforcement authorities when he tried to reenter Taiwan.
According to the court document, Phan and his accomplices decided to rob the restaurant after they lost money there in an illegal gambling operation.
When Phan was arrested, he denied any involvement in the crime, saying he never even visited the restaurant, according to the court.
However, eye witness accounts and his fingerprints at the scene of the crime indicated that he was there on the day of the robbery, the court said.
On Thursday, the court sentenced Phan to 11 years in prison for robbery.
The case can still be appealed.
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