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Parents blame video game for son's murder
Warren Leblanc, 17, of Braunstone Frith, Leicester, is facing life behind bars after arming himself with a knife and clawhammer and luring the younger boy to a park
Parents blame video game for son's murder
7.23PM, Wed Jul 28 2004

The grieving parents of a teenager battered and stabbed to death by an older boy have blamed a violent video game for his murder.

Stefan Pakeerah was subjected to a vicious and prolonged attack mimicking a game in which the user gains points for brutal killings, his mother said.

Giselle Pakeerah branded Warren Leblanc "inherently evil" after he pleaded guilty to the murder of their 14-year-old son at Leicester Crown Court.

Leblanc, 17, of Braunstone Frith, Leicester, is facing life behind bars after arming himself with a knife and clawhammer and luring the younger boy to a park.

He then carried out the sustained attack before confessing to police who caught him leaving the scene covered in blood.

Mrs Pakeerah, a 36-year-old senior research nurse, said she believed the video game Manhunt had led the 17-year-old to such a brutal killing.

She said: "I think that I heard some of Warren's friends say that he was obsessed with this game.

"To quote from the website that promotes it, it calls it a psychological experience, not a game, and it encourages brutal killing.

"If he was obsessed with it, it could well be that the boundaries for him became quite hazy.

"This game was seized by the police as evidence."

The tearful mother, who had to leave court when the evidence in the case became too harrowing, said she believed her son's killer was "evil".

She said: "I have had friendly conversations with him and that is what makes it so difficult - that degree of deception and evil.

"It just goes to show that he is inherently evil and he is the worst type of evil."