Friday, October 24, 2008

Woman arrested for killing virtual husband

Remember kiddies, video games can be dangerous!

A Japanese piano teacher has been arrested for the murder of her virtual husband after an abrupt but messy online divorce.

The 43-year-old from Kyushu province in southern Japan faces a maximum sentence of five years in jail if she is found guilty of killing off her digital partner.

She is accused of hacking into the profile of a 33-year-old office worker from Sapporo 620 miles away, whose avatar on the Maple Story computer game was married to her character until he unexpectedly demanded a divorce.

The spurned make-believe wife was so angry at being jilted that she logged into the game using her partner’s password and destroyed the character that he had spent a year creating.

She was arrested at home in Miyazaki yesterday on suspicion of illegal access on a computer and manipulating electronic data, according to police in Sapporo where she is being detained.

The woman has not been formally charged. If convicted she could be jailed or fined up to £3,100.

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