Teen Murders Elderly Neighbour To Buy Video Game Console

Teen Murders Elderly Neighbour To Buy Video Game Console

A 14-year-old boy staying with his aunt and uncle in the Tamil Nadu village of Ekkadu couldn’t afford the 8000 rupees (roughly $150) to purchase a video game system, so he strangled a 69-year-old neighbour.

According to local authorities, the teen and his aunt hatched a plan to murder their neighbour, a 69-year-old retired nurse named Rajam, who regularly wore gold jewellery, as a means of acquiring the money to purchase the boy a video game console. Some news sources are reporting the console as a PlayStation 3, though the 8000 rupee price is more in line with a PlayStation 2 than the newer, more powerful console.

On Sunday evening, Rajam was on her way home when the boy lured her into his aunt’s home under the pretence of giving her mangoes. Once inside, the boy strangled Rajam with a length of cloth. His aunt then struck her over the head with a grinder stone to make sure she was dead. When the uncle arrived home, Rajam’s jewellery was removed and her body stuffed in a gunny sack, driven to a neighbouring village of Sengadu, doused with fuel and set on fire.

Police found Rajam’s charred remains on Monday. A missing persons complaint by the deceased’s son led police to the suspects’ home, where the boy confessed to murdering Rajam with the help of his aunt and uncle.

The adults are currently being held in judicial custody at Vellore prison, while the teen was sent to a juvenile home.

Teen robs, kills 69-year-old woman to buy video game console [IBNLive]


  • At least the “Video games make you violent” crap can’t stand up here 😛 The people didn’t even HAVE any video games.


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    • Why was this deleted? I’m right and you know it, I thought the Kotaku AU editors were smarter than this. Shame.

      • Because you come into every single story with this. Ease up. It’s nothing to do with being smart. Someone reported this comment because they found it offensive, and I agree.

  • I’m sure there’s much more to this story than the kid wanting a console he couldn’t afford. Perhaps they were in desperate need of money in general, for example they may have been on the brink of losing their home. Or maybe one of them had a large drug debt they couldn’t afford to pay back? Either way, I find it hard to believe they killed an innocent woman over nothing more than a console. But I’m sure the other facts aren’t important. After all, any other reason would take away from the whole “video games cause violence” bandwagon everyone seems to be jumping on these days.

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