Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

September 9, 2008 -

British tabloid The Sun has laid the blame for a string of sexual assaults at the feet of Grand Theft Auto.

Under the headline Sex Beast copied Grand Theft Auto, the newspaper spins the tale of 19-year-old Ryan Chinnery (displaying his bling at left). In true tablod style, The Sun's prose is lurid:

A TEEN sex beast attacked four women in an imitation of violent computer game Grand Theft Auto, a court heard yesterday.  Ryan Chinnery, 19, prowled streets in his car targeting females he thought were prostitutes after becoming obsessed with the video nasty...

 

And the court was told he may have been influenced by the virtual reality game, in which a character drives around on “missions” — including approaching prostitutes who can be beaten up. A copy of Grand Theft Auto was found at his home by police...

 

Prosecutor Eleanor Laws said Chinnery’s love of Grand Theft Auto “may go some way to explaining his attitude towards women”. She said: “Prostitutes in it can be subjected to violence. “There may be some connection with the defendant admitting spending a lot of time playing that game.”


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Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

Apparently you missed that this took place IN THE UK, genius. Take your nationalist sneering somewhere else.

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

The Sun is an absolute joke for a paper and everyone in the UK knows it. The paper's target demographic doesn't really exist in Britain anymore. It used to go for the "every-day Joe working man" - people who would sit around in cafés and pubs complaining about how the government is doing everything wrong whilst at the same time doing nothing themselves to change anything (or even understand it). Nowadays most people aren't stupid enough to believe something just "because it was in the paper"..

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

if only people didn't believe shite like this because it was in a paper

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

I like how "Missions" is in quotes, like the sheer concept of a mission was invented by GTA.

You know, like violence was.

/b

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

these retard-run tabloids would spew the exact same witless lies about movies, music, novels, paintings, dance routines and plants, and they have done so before. they're not even worth the paper they're printed on.

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

Who ever can't tell the first one has been shoped must be brain damaged. I can tell because of the pixles and from seeing some shops in my time. But seriously, the background isn't even from the same dam game people. If your going to lie about it atleast put SOME effort into it.

"Prosecutor Eleanor Laws

"Prosecutor Eleanor Laws said Chinnery’s love of Grand Theft Auto “may go some way to explaining his attitude towards women”.

Why do they consider the more reasonable implication, that his attitude toward women may go some way to explaining his love for the game? I know there is no sexual assault in the game, but for someone who already hates and sees women as targets, a game where you can walk up to them on the street and hit them might seem compelling.

Still, it's the Sun. If he had blamed Bigfoot, they would have printed it...

Re: "Prosecutor Eleanor Laws

Yeah, that is the way i see it.

Re: "Prosecutor Eleanor Laws

What's most disturbing is that the prosecutor would make statements like this in the first case.  She's supposed to be hardest on him, not say 'well, GTA may have caused this'.

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

Seriously this is absolute bullshit.

The guy is scum, just because he has a game console and has some violent games for it does not mean this was the reason he decided to go and assault some random women... They don't say he is using it as an excuse but the defence is going to leap on that bandwagon if it means the bastard gets a lighter sentence (which would probably be about 18 months community service at most as this is the UK of course) I mean where does the sun get these nuggets of info from? When will this end?

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

He's a ned / chav / trailer trash.  Lower class, non-educated, poisonous thug.  Most people of that sort but the GTA series. Hells, at Gamestation I once had a 6 year old little ned ask me how much a copy of GTA: San Andreas was, then had the gall to look surprised when I told him he couldn't buy it.

 

Little bastards

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

It does sound as if he was indeed imitating the game. But the game itself is based on reality. So he just imitates reality then. The article does a good job of undermining a reasonable argument with misinformation, too.

And even if he imitated the game, well, he was the one who did the crimes, not the game, so he should be prosecuted just the same.

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

 Who reads the Sun anyway?

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

its bad enough that he's a bloody wankster and he's blaming videogames. but sexually assaulting four women? what the fuck is wrong with this kid? he's hurting the image of men/gamers around the world, and should have his fingers and dick cut off so that he cannot be associated with either group. that would also solve the problem of him reproducing, though the odds were slim looking like that.

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

HAHAHAHHAHAHAH .. the sun? the SUN?

Here in Britain, its our NUMBER ONE toilet paper substitute.

 

 

 

THE SUN HAS TOPLESS WOMEN ON PAGE 3 EVERY DAY. AND THEY CRITICISE A GAME TREATING WOMEN LIKE SEX OBJECTS.

FFS.

 

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

Bold for great justice.

For greater justice, prostitutes in GTA are solely sex objects. They serve no other functional purpose and once you're 100 yards away they cease to exist. Because it's a game and they aren't real people.

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

so in a way, by moving away from them you kill them.

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Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

 GTA is a virtual reality game? How did The Sun get this exclusive?

 

This is the most lurid thing I have read in a while.

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

oh good god i hate this kind of thing. "and the prostitutes can be beaten up" YEAH AND SO CAN EVERYBODY ELSE! EVEN THE MEN!

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

Always a pleasure to see yet another person unwilling to take responsibility for his own actions.  I have to admit.  I'm starting to wonder.  Why bother busting your butt to get and keep a job that pays more then wal-mart only to have it sent over to who-gives-a-damn-istan after 6 months when you can just do whatever the heck you want and blame it on video games.

Think tomorrow, I'm gonna book a flight to new york so I can go to the top of the empire state building and start rolling barrels down the stairs at italian plumbers.

 

"Even if it was online gaming that somehow inspired him to kill his parents, he must have realised at some point that they wouldn't drop any good loot." - GP member, Doomsong

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

I hate to say it considering the topic of the article, but Sex Beast would be a killer name for a band of some sort.

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

"A copy of Grand Theft Auto was found at his home by police..."

That sounds dangerously close to "A 9mm pistol was found at his home by police..."

Seriously.  This needs to fucking stop.

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

"A copy of the Bible was found at his home by police..."

"A copy of Dianetics was found at his home by police..."

"A copy of War and Peace was found at his home by police..."

"A copy of Sonic the Hedgehog was found at his home by police..."

 

It could be any of these things...it could be all of these things...ban it all!  Ban everything!

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Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

"Morton Salt was found in his home by police"

Just accenting how rediculous the claim is, sorry.

 

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Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

My God... there's Morton Salt in MY HOME!

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

Considering how popular the series is, this shouldn't be surprising. I mean, I'm sure there are a lot of homes where police can find a copy of GTA.

"Man found cannabilizing own family. Copy of Grand Theft Auto: London found in home."

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

I think we should all remember that this is a tabloid.  It probably didn't happen.

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

oh for christsake!

What's next? "It's not my fault I cheated on a test. GTA made me do it!"

Honestly this is getting ridiculous.

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

*kid falls off bike*

waaaahhhh! mommy! I scraped my knee!

IT'S YOUR BROTHER AND THAT BLOODY GTA!!!

BAN THE GAME!! BAN THE GAME!!

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

that reminds me of a radio ad from one of the GTAs (either San Andreas or vice city stories) where a kid falls off his bike gets a minor scrape and his mother freaks out and buys him a car because they're safer then bikes.

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Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

this sounds like not more than tabloid nonsense.

did he ACTUALLY admit to that supposed defense of "GTA made me do it" or did they ASSUME that and question him upon it after finding he owned the game, then his lawyer decided to take that defense?

besides that, isn't 19 old enough to be considered beyond the "GTA made me do it" defense? i thought you had to be younger to be susceptable to bad media? or should we raise the bar some more and limit M+ rated games (US ESRB, i dunno the british stuff) to 21 like the drinking age?

i mean seriously... they complain about everything but the problem. Beer after all kills a LOT more people than smoking has, yet they seem to ignore it at almost every turn when they can.

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

Thankyou for bringing this up... I know about this incident 1st hand and I know the accused... He has not once said that the game is the influence to what has happened and in my opinion the media has exaggerated so much of what actually happened and it now reads ten times worse!! People should stop believing the media, everything is a rumour or a lie of some kind and it's the newspapers who are the bad guys!! It's so frustrating!! I am not saying for he has supposedly done, just think about whether or not what you are reading is the true picture!! Thank you for taking the time to read this reply.

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

>M+ rated games (US ESRB, i dunno the british stuff)

That would be 18.

> to 21 like the drinking age?

That to would be 18.

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

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Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

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---------------------------------------------------- Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it's over they have the same positions they started in.

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

"British tabloid The Sun"

 

I soon as I read "tabloid" I knew the infomation would be horrible. 


Kids: NEVER defend video games.  Just don't do it because you guys don't have the right infomation, unlike these big (biased) news media outlet.

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

That, my friends, is the face of a winner.  Bet he tried to speed away in a Nova, if the fuck even has a car.

Heh, he ain't gonna be pitchin', that much is certain.

 

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Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

"And in other news, a newspaper today, out of touch with the current generation, caused scaremongering in the hope to damage the credibility of another media type which is drawing the current generation away from reading newspapers.  A local source said 'what they are doing is merely compounding their perception of being out of touch and probably damaging their own credibility with those who grew up with technology even further'"

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

Seriously, he looks like one of those guys that gets their ass kicked constantly by gangs of twelve year olds.

 

-Remember kids, personal responsibility is for losers! For information on games and psychology, look up: Jonathan Freedman(2002)Block & Crain(2007) Just to name a few...

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

Oh my god...

 

There is no sexual assault in GTA.

There is NO WAY a game can MAKE YOU DO ANYTHING.

Anyone who has a mother or has ever been out in public (or even played GTA) should damn well know that women (the vast majority at least) are not whores.

 

Above all, I must ask this : Is there a lot of prison rape over in England that this little wuss can expect to enjoy?

 

-Remember kids, personal responsibility is for losers! For information on games and psychology, look up: Jonathan Freedman(2002)Block & Crain(2007) Just to name a few...

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

There was a time when this type of behavior was called "Insanity". 'Sides, I don't think anyone would take this guy seriously, even if he tries to blame video games. He looks like the dude from the old Offspring video "Pretty Fly (for a white guy)".

The thing I hate about this is that the prosecutor herself is trying to get some publicity by agreeing with the defense's lame arguement. Nothing spells, "Look at me! I'm running for public office next year! Watch me blame video games and get the middle age, middle class vote with my cheap publicity!!", like blaming video games for a crazy guy about to go serial.

Either that, or she just likes being a d*ck for d*ck's sake.

 

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

*facepalm*

Oh, Jesus-fucking-Christ, not this bullshit again!

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Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

I learned science from half life and trained for my driver's lisence with GTA4.

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

Really? I trained for mine with Gran Turismo and a steering wheel controller my Dad bought (this was back in the PS1 days were I was way too young to consider driving).

---------------------------------------------------- Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it's over they have the same positions they started in.

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

With any luck, the LHC will just kill us all tomorrow.....

 

 

It is tomorrow right?

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

Well I heard someone that its actually gonna be test running and the actual experiments don't start until October, but whatev...

As for this news bit....

Another British tabloid sensationalizing GTA, what a surprise.

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

Are you kidding me?! They buy this?! From some wigger moron no less!

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

No-one with half a brain is going to buy this.

Re: Report: Serial Sex Offender Inspired by Grand Theft Auto

Sadly, you're very wrong there.  Too many British people believe what they read in the tabloids.  For the average Britain, it is common knowledge that in GTA you can drag random women and protitutes to some quite location and rape them with giant dildos to get extra points in the game...

Sad but true :(  The truth is irrelevant, mass hysteria and sensational lies are far more entertaining.

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