BEIJING - A teenager "Internet addict" stabbed his mother to death and
then seriously injured his father after he was refused money to go to a
cybercafe, Beijing News reported Thursday.
The 16-year-old boy, identified
only by his surname Wang, reportedly asked his mother for the money on Tuesday
afternoon in their apartment in the southern city of Guangzhou. After she
refused, the boy grabbed a knife from the kitchen and stabbed her to
death, the report said.
Chinese youth play online computer games at an internet cafe
in Shanghai, 22 May 2007. [AFP]
The boy's father Wang Jianjun then rushed into the home and was stabbed three
times in the head by his son. He was later rushed to hospital and reported to be
in stable condition.
The boy fled the scene but was found early Wednesday morning by local police.
He had actually been planning to kill his parents for more than a month,
feeling they were stifling his dreams of someday becoming a politician or
economist, the paper quoted the boy as telling police. "Killing them was the
only way to free myself." he said.
The paper said the youngster had recently become "addicted" to the Internet,
spending long hours at local establishments that provided web access.
His mother's refusal to further finance his habit caused him to finally carry
out his murder plan, it said.