Another game addict teen arrested for murder

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Long An Province police on Friday said they were filing murder charge against a 16-year-old boy for killing a woman in an attempt to steal money for playing online games.


Vo Van Truong of Duc Hoa District's Hoa Khanh Dong Commune has confessed to murdering Ly Thi Ngoc, 52 in the early hours on February 27, the police said.


A neighbor found Ngoc, a lottery ticket vendor, dead in her house after noticing that she did not wake up in the morning and go out to work as usual.


Two days later, Truong's father, Vo Van Bao, took him to the local police station where he admitted to murdering Ngoc.


Truong confessed that he had attempted to steal her money for his games, after hearing that Ngoc had saved much money from selling lottery tickets as well as rumors that she had sold some land plot for big money.


He prepared an iron tube and a knife and intended to sneak into her house. However, he stabbed the woman on being detected, and ran away without stealing her property.


Investigators said that an autopsy found Ngoc had died of a wound to her heart. Her property remained intact, they said.

According to Bao, Truong used to be a good student at secondary school before becoming addicted to online games in Grade 9.


He quit school in the tenth grade and became a regular patron of local online game shops, Bao said.


Last month, a court in Nghe An Province upheld a 10-year jail term handed down to another 16-year-old boy for killing a seven-year-old girl and robbing her earrings so that he could play online games.


Mong The Xuong of Tuong Duong District committed the crime on May 23, 2010, when he lured Lo Anh Nhu, a neighbor, to the woods nearby and smashed her head with a stone. He stole her jewelry and planned to sell it to get money for playing games.


He was only 14 when he committed the murder.


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