A middle-aged man charged round to the house of a schoolboy and throttled him after his online character was killed during a game of Call Of Duty, a court heard.
Mark Bradford, 46, was furious when he was gunned down in the war simulation by the 13-year-old, and ‘lost it’ when the youngster goaded him over his online death.
Unemployed father of three Bradford stormed from his bedsit in Plymouth, Devon, and confronted the youngster at the boy’s friend’s house by placing his hands round the schoolboy’s neck.
The pair had been playing Call Of Duty: Black Ops against each other online and talking using microphones.
The attack ended when the teenager’s horrified mother pulled Bradford off the boy, who was left scratched and with reddening to the neck.
Plymouth Magistrates heard that Bradford then simply walked away without saying a word.
The boy, who cannot be identified, said: ‘I was just sat playing. We’d had a bit of a joke and then he stormed in and grabbed me.
Mmm… 13-year old playing an 18-year old rated game and dole dosser aside , it just shows you: you never know how far someone is willing to go when they are provoked…
It could have so easily been a murder…
This is what a lot of ‘online warriors’ or trolls forget.
Of course, as the ‘adult’ he should have simply ignored the trollish behaviour of a child, because the anger and upset of reply is what drives the troll to do what it does.
We all know that.
However, nobody is immune from human nature and from that nature comes the urge to fight back and destroy the tormentor.
Of course, the consequences for the person seeking out and confronting the troll are far reaching-loss of job, home, freedom even…
But… the consequences for the troll (as shown above) can be …permanent.