Vietnamese boy, 13, kills woman for money to play video game

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Posted on : 2007-11-20 | Author : DPA
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Vietnamese boy, 13, kills woman for money to play video games

Hanoi - Police in Vietnam have arrested a 13-year-old boy accused of murdering and robbing an 81-year-old woman for money to play online games, a police official said Tuesday. Dinh The Dan was arrested on Sunday at his home in Nam Dinh province, 80 kilometers south of Hanoi, according to local policeman Nguyen Duy Duong.

Police say Dan strangled Mai Thi Mau, 81, with a piece of rope and took 100,000 dong (6.2 dollars) from her before burying her in a pile of sand in front of his house on November 10.

"Dan confessed that he needed money to play online games and decided to kill and rob the woman," Duong said.

"He is too young to be put in prison for the crime he committed, but we will send him to a reeducation camp, which may release him after he shows enough good behavior," Duong said.

In November last year, Vietnamese police arrested a 15-year-old boy accused of extorting money to play online games.

Trinh Dinh Thanh, of northern Vinh Phuc province,was arrested after he allegedly demanded some 300 dollars from a local businessman, threatening to splash sulfuric acid on the face of the man's 12-year-old daughter if he refused to pay.

Online gaming is wildly popular in Vietnam, with internet cafes typically packed with teenagers after school and late into the night.

The craze has prompted concern among parents and authorities - Vietnamese media even reported that one young boy died after sitting at a computer for three days straight, though any such death could not be confirmed by police.

Internet cafes have been instructed to limit the time that young people spend on computer games, but the rules have proved difficult to enforce.

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Wow, seriously addicted stuff.

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Re: Vietnamese boy, 13, kills woman for money to play video

thats crazy i meen robbing a old lady like that just for a dumb game ,even as big of a addict that i was i still could never see myself robbing someone for money to play them.

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Re: Vietnamese boy, 13, kills woman for money to play video

When you are in a high-end addiction, anything that comes before your game will not be in reality. Nothing else will matter. Your morals will disappear. Everything you once held dear will become worthless. I have stolen money to fund my gaming habit. That's what addicts do, they consider the ways and means to get more, as only that, the ways and means, thinking nothing of the penalties or obstacles in their path. In the matter of my theft, i have not yet made ammends, but will do at some point when i am able. Steps 8 & 9.

"There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative." --W. Clement Stone

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