46-year-old UK man is facing jail time after tracking down and attacking a
13-year-old boy in revenge for taunting the unemployed father of three during a
session of Call of Duty: Black Ops on PS3. According to UK's The Daily Mirror, Mark Bradford (no relation) snapped after a particularly
frustrating day of online gaming, and proceeded to hunt down and strangle the
young player who had been tormenting him from a local friend's house.
“I’d been playing the whole
day and he was baiting me and just would not shut up,” explained Bradford. “I
just lost it. In a moment of madness I went round to the house. I didn’t know
what I was going to do.”
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Bradford left quickly after
the attack, but was later picked up by police following a call from the boy's
mom, who told press: “It’s pathetic that a grown man would attack a defenceless
child like this. If you can’t handle losing to a child then you shouldn’t be
playing games. I know Mark and went straight round when I found out what had
happened. I was fuming. But rather than have it out with him I got the police
The unidentified boy admits to pushing Bradford's buttons in Call of Duty, but
said he was completely taken by surprise when the grown man decided to exact
his revenge in person, recalling, “I was just sat playing. We’d had a bit of a
joke and then he stormed in and grabbed me. I didn’t know what was going on.”
Bradford has since apologized
for the attack, which thankfully left little more than a scratch. He has also
admitted assault to the courts, and is currently awaiting sentencing.
Sep 30, 2011