Thai youth imitates Grand Theft Auto in cab murder

A Thai teenager has confessed to robbing and murdering a taxi driver after trying to imitate scenes from the controversial "Grand Theft Auto" video game, police said on Monday. The 18-year-old high school student, now in custody pending further investigations and a trial, faces death by lethal injection if found guilty of robbing and killing a 54-year-old taxi driver with a knife at the weekend.

Police said the youth, an obsessive player of the video game, showed no sign of mental problems during questioning and had confessed to committing the crime explicitly because of the game.

"He said he wanted to find out if it was as easy in real life to rob a taxi as it was in the game," chief investigator Veeravit Pipattanasak told Reuters. The youth, described by his parents as polite and diligent, was arrested late on Saturday after he was found trying to steer a cab backwards out of a Bangkok street with the severely wounded driver in the back seat, newspapers reported.

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Wow... so much bullcrap at once!

Police said the youth, an obsessive player of the video game, showed no sign of mental problems during questioning and had confessed to committing the crime explicitly because of the game.

"He said he wanted to find out if it was as easy in real life to rob a taxi as it was in the game," chief investigator Veeravit Pipattanasak told Reuters.


yea right... maybe he showed signs of mental problems by commiting this crime and actually saying such ****?
And the parents... oh how objective! Really! If they say he's been good and therefore try to support that statement that it's exclusively GTA's fault, I call BULLSH*T on that.
Where's all the other GTA players robbing and murdering? Because seemingly it now doesn't matter whether you are sick in first place or not. Guess I only need to open my eyes and see the blood streaming on the streets... Sorry still can't see it.

Well yes, but why do you need to try it? I mean you CAN open a car door of a waiting cab. You can grab the driver, and if you're not totally weak, you can pull him out of the car. knifes work, too. they are made for that reason and it's common knowledge that you can kill someone with a proper knife. Well, I don't need to try, common sense helps, too.

What a sick kid, he must have mental problems.
I'm against capital punishment, he sure needs rehabilitation and re-socialisation.
And if it was true, that he's not sick, which I'm not buying, he needs a plain PUNISHMENT even more.
Because a mental sickness is more "okay" than doing it "just because"
IMO, crappy argumentation, if we count logic in.

Glassed Silver:mac

LMFAO @ #12!

This is yet another stupid article written about someone stupid blaming a video game and stupid people believing it.

Of course if you have a knife you can rob a taxi after killing someone. But in GTA you don't actually kill them, you throw them out of the car. So he wasn't imitating the game really, was he?

So fascinating that everyone is quick to brush off the game in an attempt to resolve it from any wrong- doing. And throw in "mental issues" to boot.
Why is everyone here so closed minded?. What if the game does have a role in violence?.

Oh. That's right. This is a technology site. How silly of me.

I personally believe yeah maybe the game did have an influence but those influences could have come from any form of media really, the fact that the boy actually took those actions in a real world setting suggests he was already in a state of mind which would have ultimatley made him do it anyway.

Like I said influence comes from anywhere and everywhere, it's knowing in yourself the difference from right and wrong and unfortunatly there is a lot of people out there that don't know the meaning of the word.

(Mike Frett said @ #15)
So fascinating that everyone is quick to brush off the game in an attempt to resolve it from any wrong- doing. And throw in "mental issues" to boot.
Why is everyone here so closed minded?. What if the game does have a role in violence?.

Oh. That's right. This is a technology site. How silly of me.

Yes this is a technology site...and I am sure most of the people here are gamers. So how many neowinians do you suspect are killers? I mean just go to the GTA IV threads in the PS3 and 360 forums! Those guys must all be killers!

It is because of people like you, that personal accountability is non-existant in this world.

The problem isn't the game putting this idea in his head. If he decides to go through with it, then he's already had serious mental issues--the game is irrelevant and only being used as a scapegoat.

"showed no sign of mental problems during questioning"

as im sure most Thai detectives are mental health professionals. regardless, killing another human and showing no signs of remorse is in itself a sign of mental illness.

Yep, I'm sure it was a video game that drove this kid to murder and not that he's just clawing for a scapegoat in hopes that his government won't kill him. Yeah...

yes well we can all agree that the world was a quiet place BEFORE videogames and after they appeared all **** broke loose ...


****ing dumb ...

Sigh...another case of blaming something that's relatively innocent.

I've been playing violent video games since I was around seven years old - I remember my Dad teaching me how to play Wolfenstein 3D, which got me into those kinds of games. Even now, I'm a big lover of first person shooters and games like that.

Does this mean that I beat up everyone I see and randomly kill people? Of course not. My parents chose to do a little thing called "parenting" when I was young, which involves monitoring what I play and ensuring that I knew that this was just a simulation and not something I should do in real life.

So give us a break....violent video games aren't always to blame for violence. If your kid isn't smart enough to know the difference between real life and a simulation, they shouldn't be playing those games.

I'm sorry, but for a kid who plays a computer games and thinks "I wonder if I can steal a cab too" and then actually tries to do it, where the idea came from is the least of their worries.

To do something like this, you've got to be totally screwed up in the first place.

"Don't shift the blame"

(Majesticmerc said @ #4)
"Don't shift the blame"

Couldn't agree more.

Seems be a trend among people these days for blaming video games for them going out and killing. Hopefully he'll get the lethal injection, less people like him in the gene pool the better.

(Kosh said @ #3)
I think blaming GTA is just a way for this teenager not to get death penalty.

I'd agree with you if this happened in America or the UK, but this is Thailand we're talking about. They're a lot better when it comes to sentencing people. Give the b*****d the lethal injection! I think if you kill someone and say a video game made you did it, you deserve to be sentenced to death! Natural Selection!

Because youth who never play video games don't grow up to be criminals? I call bull **** on this imitation! Stop blaming entertainment for someone's personal misdeeds.