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Teen hammers father to death over computer game

April 16, 2010 2 comments

From RussiaToday.com (04/16/2010/13:45):

A 14-year-old boy killed his sleeping father with a sledgehammer after his parents told him not to play a computer game overnight and took away the keyboard.

Yaroslav Melnichenko committed the horrible crime in cold blood and feels no remorse for the fratricide, reports Life News tabloid.

Moreover, he told investigators that initially he planned to kill the mother because she was the one to stand between him and the game, but then he thought the father would wake up and stop him, so he decided to kill the man.

In the middle of the night the boy sneaked into the parents’ bedroom, covered the head of his father with a plastic bag and landed six strikes with a sledgehammer. The bag was to prevent blood from splattering on him, he later explained to the police.

Then the murderer demanded his keyboard from the shocked mother, took her mobile phone, locked the door and went straight to the computer to play a dark-themed fantasy role-playing game.

Relatives describe Yaroslav as a reclusive youngster with almost no friends and addicted to computer games. They also said that the parents had spoiled him, bringing him up with little discipline and making him the only heir to the family business – a resort hotel on the Black Sea. The shocking case also has a Freudian twist, as the boy said during the investigation that “now he was head of the family.”

The murderous teen now faces up to 10 years in prison for the crime. -  Source

Related Story:

South Korean children face gaming curfew

04/13/2010/12:21 UK

The South Korean government is introducing policies aimed at curbing the amount of time children spend playing online games.

The first involves barring online gaming access to young people of school age between 12am (midnight) and 8am.

The other policy suggests slowing down people’s internet connections after they have been logged on to certain games for a long period of time.

The Culture Ministry is calling on games providers to implement the plans.

It is asking the companies to monitor the national identity numbers of their players, which includes the age of the individual.

Parents can also choose to be notified if their identity number is used online.

“The policy provides a way for parents to supervise their children’s game playing,” Lee Young-ah from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism told Reuters.

The Korea Herald reports that Barameui Nara, Maple Story and Mabinogi, three popular virtual worlds, will introduce the blackout later this year.

Meanwhile role playing games “Dungeon and Fighter” and “Dragon Nest” will pilot the connection slowing scheme.

A total of 19 role playing games will eventually be included – a huge proportion of the online gaming market in the country.

South Korea has sophisticated high speed broadband connections and online gaming is enormously popular.

But there has been growing concern over the amount of time its citizens spend in virtual worlds and playing online games.

A couple whose baby daughter starved while they spent up to 12 hours a day in internet cafes raising a virtual child online have made headlines around the world.

They were charged with negligent homicide and are due to be sentenced on 16 April. – SourceMore info.

Who with common sense would put their faith in the Russian Orthodox sect after this?

Not surprising to me, the Pentecostal “Assembly of God” denomination, which is plagued with Arminians (heretic Christians who deny that God gives eternal life upon asking him for forgiveness by saying in various ways that man’s will can negate God’s promise and gift of eternal life / God’s will), has also shown it’s weakness in a related tragedy (and no doubt many other times, but not always connected to their denomination or publicized widely):

Daniel Petric killed mother, shot father because they took Halo 3 video game, prosecutors say
by Karl Turnerr
12/15/2008/10:47 AM

Mark Petric, who is a minister, cries during testimony in the trial of his son Daniel.

Previous post: Pastor’s son charged in mother’s murder, father’s shooting

ELYRIA — Daniel Petric shot his parents — killing his mother — because they wouldn’t allow him to play the violent video game Halo 3, prosecutors told a judge at the boy’s murder trial Monday.

The trial, on charges of murder and attempted murder, opened Monday for Petric, 17, of Brighton Township. He is being tried without a jury before Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge. – More here.

More information:

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2007/10/22/son-is-only-suspect-in-shootings

http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2007/10/loving_child_called_a_killer.html

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article5512446.ece

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.
People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful,
proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,
without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control,
brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited,
lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—
having a form of godliness but denying its power.
Have nothing to do with them.

2 Timothy 3:1-5

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