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Brown to Speak With 2004 Murder Victim's Mother

| 6 Mar 2008 18:17

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will meet the mother of a 14-year-old murder victim to discuss the impact of violent video games even though the case was never linked to video games.

The 2004 murder of Stefan Pakeerah, in which 17-year-old Warren Leblanc was found guilty, had set off a storm about the Rockstar game Manhunt.

But it turned out it was the victim and not the perpetrator who was in possession of the game.

"The game was discovered not in Warren Leblanc's possession but in the victim's possession. It does not feature the use of a hammer, and it was not considered by the police to be a contributory factor," Minister for Culture, Media and Sport Margaret Hodge said.

Brown's move comes ahead of The Byron Report, to be released toward the end of March, and the CMS Select Committee, which are both examining internet use and video game violence.

Gamesindustry.biz

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