Saturday, May 29, 2004

British boy convicted of inciting his own murder using the Internet

A Manchester teenager convinced another boy to kill him, and has been convicted of inciting his own murder.

"...John, from Greater Manchester, pleaded guilty at Manchester crown court to incitement to murder and perverting the course of justice.

He was given a three-year supervision order, banned from contacting Mark or using the internet without strict adult supervision.

Mark, who is also from a middle-class family in Greater Manchester, was given a two-year supervision order for attempted murder.

Judge David Maddison, the recorder of Manchester, said: "Skilled writers of fiction would struggle to conjure up a plot such as that which arises here. It's staggering to be dealing with a case that arises out of a 14-year-old boy's invention of false personalities, false relationships and events arranged for his own killing at the hands of a 16-year-old boy who he had met via an internet chatroom..." "

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