The Mail Online is reporting that in Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom, Charles Bradford, father of three and aged 46, has been charged with assault for the strangling a 13 year old boy. The incident started when Bradford–who is unemployed and has been diagnosed with mental health problems–was playing Call of Duty: Black Ops and lost to an opposing enemy he knew to be a 13 year old boy in the neighborhood.
Bradford claims that the boy’s taunting after the victory pushed him over the edge, and he went over to the home that the boy was playing at, and put his hands around his neck. The boy’s mother pulled him off, and, apparently realizing what he had done, he left the home and the police were called.
According to Bradford, “He went on and on and I just lost it. I hold my hands up, I lost the plot. In a moment of madness I went round to his house. I didn’t know what I was going to do. It wasn’t malice, I just grabbed him. I’ve seen him since and apologised. Wev’e played online too. He’s actually a decent kid.”
Bradford admitted to the attack in court and faced on count of assault by beating. No comments were made about the inappropriateness of a parent letting their child play an M-Rated game that they were technically too young to own.