Man Sentenced to Death Penalty for Murder of 19-year-old Student

By Zarni Mann 20 November 2018

MANDALAY — The Kyaukse Township court sentenced three men involved in the killing of a student from the Kyaukse Government Technical Institute on Monday. One man received the death penalty and two others received lengthy sentences.

Aung Thu Hein, who stabbed Ko Nay Min Htet to death, received the death penalty. Min Khant Kyaw received 21 years imprisonment and Min Chit Aung received 20 years imprisonment for involvement in the fight that led to the killing of Ko Nay Min Htet.

“The court should sentence all three people to the death penalty to set an example. However, we are satisfied with the severity of the penalty as is,” said U Toe Wai Phyo, the uncle of Ko Nay Min Htet.

Ko Nay Min Htet, 19, was in his final year at Kyaukse Government Technical Institute when he was playing a game on his cell phone while traveling with a friend in August 2018. Three men approached the pair and grabbed Ko Nay Min Htet’s phone.

When the two friends asked the robbers to return the phone, they were beaten up and U Nay Min Htet was stabbed to death.

Aung Thu Hein, Min Khant Kyaw and Min Chit Aung were arrested hours after the incident.

They were brought to court and faced charges for theft, murder and being accomplices to these crimes.