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Australia 'Lost control': Ice addict on bail when he murdered partner, court told

13:06  03 august  2018
13:06  03 august  2018 Source:   theage.com.au

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" He told police he told her to shut up and she wouldn't shut up and he got angry," Ms Dalziel said, referring " He well understood the effect of ice on him and he knew he lost control . It's aggravating, it's not Similar from the Web. Wealthy murder suspect freed on bail as man accused of welfare

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Phuc Thien Tang, 50, admitted to police he knew he became angry whenever he used ice, but after injecting the drug in the early hours of September 7 last year, he returned to the St Albans house where he stayed with Hoa Thi Huynh and killed her during an argument.

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Tang repeatedly struck Ms Huynh, a 44-year-old mother of two known as Lina, to the head with a vacuum cleaner pipe and stabbed her in the face with the sword, prosecutor Fran Dalziel told the Supreme Court plea hearing on Friday.

"He told police he told her to shut up and she wouldn't shut up and he got angry," Ms Dalziel said, referring to Tang's interview with detectives after his arrest.

"He kept hitting her until he didn't hear her say anything more."

Tang, 50, pleaded guilty to murder.

He was in an on-off relationship with Ms Huynh for five years and they had slept in the sunroom of the unoccupied house in View Street for several months.

Tang has a long history of drug-related crimes, the court heard, and was on a community corrections order at the time of the murder. The month before he killed Ms Huynh he was bailed over allegations he used the sword and an imitation pistol to threaten a man she had been in a brief relationship with. He also allegedly threatened to kill the man's niece.

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About an hour after the murder, Ms Dalziel said, a Centrelink payment was deposited into Ms Huynh's bank account and soon after that Tang used his partner's bank card to try to withdraw cash from an ATM, but was unsuccessful.

A friend of the landlord discovered Ms Huynh's body, on a thin blue mattress, three days later. Tang was arrested in Richmond on September 13 and confessed soon after.

Defence counsel Glenn Caseman said Tang admitted responsibility and showed "profound regret and remorse", and told police he was heavily drug affected when he murdered his partner.

But Justice Lesley Taylor said Tang's drug use was no excuse given he knew the effects ice had on him.

"He well understood the effect of ice on him and he knew he lost control. It's aggravating, it's not merely explanatory and it's not a mitigating feature," she said.

Mr Caseman said his client hoped to one day be drug free but had been diagnosed with HIV after years of using dirty needles injecting heroin, amphetamines and ice.

Ms Huynh, who worked at a restaurant in Melbourne's Chinatown precinct, was the mother of two adult sons, and one of them, Michael, said his family had been devastated by her death.

He had planned to travel overseas with her to visit family and now couldn't imagine her not being part of his life.

"She always asked me about having children and how she looked forward to being part of their lives and watching them grow up," he said in a victim impact statement read to the court.

Tang, a former farmhand who came to Australia from Vietnam as a teenager, will be sentenced at a later date.

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