Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Seven years for restaurant stabbing

A Melbourne restaurateur has been sentenced to seven years jail for fatally stabbing a customer who complained about the service.

The Victorian Supreme Court heard Anh Dung Nguyen had ordered seafood and beer at the Richmond Vietnamese restaurant, Bon Mua, in April 2006.

The court heard he complained the service was taking too long, and banged his fist on the table.

The court heard a fight started between two groups and during the confrontation, co-owner and chef 35-year-old Khanh Vo fetched a paring knife from the kitchen and stabbed Anh Dung Nguyen three times.

Vo pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

In sentencing, Justice Kevin Bell said he took into account that Vo was unable to control his reactions, due to his horrific experiences as a child refugee.

Vo will serve a non-parole period of four years.

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