- July 28th 2004

Manhunt Video Game Blamed For Brutal Murder: Updated

17 year old Warren LeBlanc pleaded guilty to brutally murdering a 14 year old friend using a claw hammer. The victims parents claim the murderer was obsessed with the Manhunt video game ""described by its promoters as a ?sado-masochistic? game in which players gain extra points depending on the viciousness of their killings.""

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Pressure was growing today for a bloodthirsty video game to be banned after it was blamed for the horrific murder of a 14-year-old boy by an older friend.

Warren Leblanc faces life behind bars for repeatedly battering Stefan Pakeerah with a claw hammer and stabbing him to death after luring him to a local park. The 17-year-old pleaded guilty to murder at Leicester Crown Court yesterday.

Outside the court, Stefan?s parents said Leblanc, of Braunstone Frith, Leicester, had mimicked a game called Manhunt in which the players score points for violent killings.

This game was banned by New Zealand, and some have raised the idea that this game would lead to "copy cat" killings. Who's to blame?, the gamemakers?, the parents? society? What's your take on this murder?

Stores are now taking the game off the shelf.......

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