Thursday, 18 July 2013

Video game inspires 19-year-old to kill his millionaire dad

After suffering "constant humiliation" from the treatment of his father, the 19-year-old son ended the 57-year-old man's life using a spiked bat, similar to that used in a video game he had been playing.

Last Friday, after confessing to the cold-blooded murder of 57-year-old Andreu Coll Bennássar, Andreu Coll Tur together with his friend and accomplice, 20-year-old Francisco Abas Rodriguez, have been remanded in custody by a Spanish judge on Mallorca, without bail.

According to El Mundo, the murder of Andreu Coll senior took place on the night of June 29 in the small Mallorcan municipality of Alaró.

Coll junior and Abas admitted to having first drugged Coll senior, before bludgeoning him to death with a medieval-style spiked bat, a hammer, a vase and a music speaker.

Reportedly they first cleaned up the blood and fingerprints with bleach, and then drove in the victim's Land Rover to nearby Bunyola to get rid of the body.

They had wanted to make the attack look like a robbery, and had removed Coll senior's rings and Rolex watch before dumping the body.

The two men attended the victim's funeral as normal. However, the Civil Guard arrested them soon after, as infrared tests showed them to be the real killers. 

The two young men had met online a year and a half earlier, while playing the video game "Call of Duty." 

The lawyer for Abas said that his client fell in love with Coll junior, after they spent time together in Mallorca and Zaragoza. He said that his client "regretted taking part in the murder but had done it for love." 

Both men were obsessed with violent video games and spent up to 12 hours a day playing them. Police believe that the spiked bat used by the men in the murder was based on a similar weapon seen in the video game "Dead Rising 2." 

While Coll junior had told the judge that he murdered his father due to his constant humiliation, he is also heir to a €50 million fortune. Spanish media is speculating that money may also have been a motive in the murder. 

A nondisclosure order has been dictated by the Regional High Court in the Balearic Islands while the trial continues. According to the Majorca Daily Bulletin, the two young men are both on suicide watch and in separate cells.

To the source: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/354582