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Felixstowe: Man went on rampage after playing Grand Theft Auto, court is told

PUBLISHED: 16:06 24 April 2014 | UPDATED: 16:06 24 April 2014

A scene from grand theft auto

A scene from grand theft auto

A judge has asked for a psychiatric report to be prepared on a Felixstowe man who brandished a kitchen knife and a claw hammer and threatened to kill someone after becoming enraged after playing a violent computer game.

Neil Dugdale, of Graham Road, wielded the weapons in the street outside the home of a friend he had been playing Grand Theft Auto with, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

The 31-year-old, who had consumed four litres of cider, cannabis and anti-depressants, had become involved in an online row with Adam French, said Charles Falk, prosecuting.

The incident occurred at 5.30pm on March 14 when Dugdale made threats to Mr French online telling him he was going to slit his throat, the court heard.

Mr Falk told the court: “Grand Theft Auto is a game where you drive around taking cars, fighting and killing people.”

He said Mr French was at home in nearby Seaton Road, Felixstowe, which joins on to Graham Road, when Dugdale arrived outside his address.

Dugdale shouted: “I’m going to slit your throat – I’m going to ******* kill you.”

At the time Dugdale was holding a large red-handled kitchen knife and swinging a claw hammer around.

He was stabbing the knife in the top of the garden fence while shouting at Mr French to come down.

When Mr French’s sister came out Dugdale smashed the front passenger window of her Renault Clio with the hammer.

At an earlier hearing Mark Holt, for Dugdale, said his client denied that he and Mr French had been playing Grand Theft Auto. Dugdale claimed he had become angry because he had twice confided in Mr French only for his confidences to have been betrayed.

Dugdale admitted affray, two counts of possessing an offensive weapon, criminal damage and resisting arrest.

Judge John Holt said he wanted a report on Dugdale’s psychiatric condition before he decided how to sentence him.

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