Murder trial renewed after mix up over accused’s age


A court in Plzeň has been forced to reopen a murder trial because of a mix-up over the age of the accused. The man, Hieu Nguyen Manh, was originally sentenced to four years for the murder of his girlfriend on the grounds that he was 17 years old at the time of the crime. In now turns out that he is 21 months older than he appears on his passport given out when he arrived in the Czech Republic aged 13. As a result he counts as an adult and could face a prison sentence of up to 15 years.