GTA killing


Teenager imitates online game, kills taxi driver - Bangkok Post, August 4, 2008
A Mathayom 6 student stabbed a taxi driver to death yesterday, acting out a robbery he copied from the online game Grand Theft Auto...

Scores of violence online games available in Thailand - TNA, August 4, 2008
A senior police officer said Monday at least 10-20 violence online games can be found in the Thai market and instructed parents to be on alert in preventing their children from playing such games...


Controversial video game pulled from shops - Bangkok Post, August 4, 2008
Ladda Thangsupachai, director of the Thai Culture Ministry's Cultural Surveillance Centresaid the murder was a wake-up call for authorities to tackle the issue of violent video games, adding ominously: "Today it is a cab driver, but tomorrow it could be a video game shop owner."


Police ban computer game that is not on sale - Bangkok Post, August 5, 2008
...the Thailand distributor of GTA, New Era Interactive, removed the game from all shops on Mondayh and stopped selling it.
That was not enough for police, who officially banned it because of "obscene" content.
The AFP news agency quoted police spokesman Ruangsak Jaritake as saying, "The police are empowered to immediately arrest shopkeepers if they find any GTA (Grand Theft Auto) games on sale."

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Above: Daily News, August 5, 2008 - Mad about game: The police brought Mr. Nueng, a Mathayom 6 student, to re-enact his crime after he killed Mr. Kuan Pokeng (small photo: left), a taxi driver. He confessed that he imitated the crime in the GTA game (small photo: right). He saw that to kill people in the game was such an easy action.


Game inspires youngster to crime - Distributor hands back licenses, GTA banned - Bangkok Post, August 6, 2008
...An eight-year-old boy admits he wants to be a thief, emulating an online game in which money can be easily made through assault and murder. In the game, the more crime a character commits, the more money he makes, according to the Pathom 2 student at a well-known school in Muang district of Nakhon Ratchasima.
This, he said, is why he wants to become a professional thief.
...''A thief can eat whatever he likes, whenever he wants, just by killing a restaurant operator. It's cool,'' said the Nakhon Ratchasima student...

Left: Daily News, August 4, 2008 - Despaired: The police brought Mr. Nueng (small photo: right), a Mathayom 6 student, to re-enact his crime story. The man killed Mr. Kuan Pokeng (small photo: left), a taxi driver, and seized his properties. He stabbed the victim until he died and dragged the dead body up on the car. He then tried to drive away from the police. However, he failed and was arrested. He claimed that he imitated an action he saw in the GTA game (left photo), which trains people how to commit crimes. He said he thought that it would be as easy as crimes in the game.



Komchadluek, August 5, 2008 - Planned re-enactment: A police office took Mr. Polawat Shinno, a 19-year-old suspected killer of Mr. Kuan Pokeng (small picture), a 50-year-old taxi driver, to re-enact the crime on Soi Charansanitwong 77, Yak 1, Khet Bang Plad, on August 3.

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