By Tony Smith
Published Wednesday 4th August 2004 16:44 GMT
The copy of the computer game Manhunt that was discovered during the investigation into the murder of a 14-year-old boy was not the possession of the killer but the victim, it has emerged.
UK retailers Dixons and Game both pulled the title from their stores’ shelves last week after the parents of the murdered boy, Stefan Pakeerah, alleged that his murderer, Warren LeBlanc, 17, was “obsessed” by the grisly game and that it had inspired has murderous actions.
The victims father dubbed Manhunt “a manual for murder”. It was widely reported by the mainstream press, online and TV media that the game had been found in LeBlanc’s bedroom.
However, today it emerged that Leicestershire police found the game in Pakeerah’s room, not LeBlanc’s, GamesIndustry.biz reports.
“The video game was not found in Warren LeBlanc’s room, it was found in Stefan Pakeerah’s room,” a police spokesperson said today. “Leicestershire Constabulary stands by its response that police investigations did not uncover any connections to the video game, the motive for the incident was robbery.”
Police believe LeBlanc murdered Pakeerah, whom he knew, to obtain money to pay back a drug-related debt.
LeBlanc’s assumed possession of Manhunt raised the questions as to how a 17-year-old was able to get hold of the game. The game carries an 18 certificate, so it is illegal to sell it to anyone under that age. Now it has emerged that the game was owned by the 14-year-old Pakeerah, that question has not gone away. ®