13-year-old admits slitting boy’s throat in Xbox row

The court heard that the boys played games such as the 'Gears of War' series. Picture: Contributed
The court heard that the boys played games such as the 'Gears of War' series. Picture: Contributed
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A 13-YEAR-OLD slit the throat of another schoolboy after they argued about video games they had been playing, a court heard.

The pair had only known each other for a few months after meeting online while playing the violent XBox game Gears of War 3 together.

The boys had an apparently trivial falling-out which eventually resulted in the 14-year-old victim being slashed.

A judge was yesterday told that police believe 18-rated games such as Gears of War could have been “a factor” in the unprovoked attack.

The accused – who cannot be named for legal reasons – admitted at the High Court in Glasgow to assaulting the teenager.

The young victim - described in court as “very polite” – has been left scarred and traumatised at what happened.

His attacker – already a father – faces being locked up when returns to the dock later this month.

The boys met while playing best-selling Gears of War 3 together online around Christmas 2011.

The court heard the game “contains graphic scenes of violence” with enemies being killed using various lethal weapons.

They eventually met in person and played football together with other youngsters.

The court heard there was no animosity between the pair until a month before the slashing.

On 14 April the victim and another boy were going to a friend’s house in Clydebank West Dunbartonshire when they became aware of the accused. The accused grabbed the 14-year-old by the throat and then produced a knife from his jacket pocket.

Prosecutor Andrew Brown QC said: “The accused struck the victim across the throat with the knife. The 14-year-old immediately put his hands to his throat and felt blood pouring from a large wound under his chin.”

The accused sneered at the bleeding teenager, “Don’t die” before calmly walking off.

Paramedics soon arrived on the scene to treat the distressed schoolboy. He said a boy had “slit his throat in an argument about XBox games”.

He suffered a wound so deep it exposed his windpipe and required 20 staples following surgery.

The court was told that it was with “a great deal of fortune” he was not more seriously hurt as his arteries and voice box had been narrowly missed.

The accused sent two voice messages to his victim via Xbox Live.

One said: “I know you won’t accept my apology and I know I’m going to get the jail, but I am actual (sic) so upset and so down.”

Mr Brown told the court police have questioned the role of the games in this attack.

He said: “The reporting officer was of the opinion that the violent video games played online by the accused may have been a factor in his conduct. As noted, the games are very violent in nature and have a classification 18 rating in the UK.”

The accused – now 14 – had his bail continued yesterday and sentencing is due to take place at the High Court in Livingston later this month.