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

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.



  • Poor article.

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    Bradley Mitchell

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Consumed drugs and cider? NAH its the video games, surely! sarcasm

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    Flaming Blizzard

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • I agree with others comments. I am sure the game publisher is loving all this publicity. What does get me, however, is you rarely hear cases of football hooliganism when someone loses a virtual football match. So-called violent video games aside... football hooliganism was a major issue in this country. No doubt they raided his house and found a copy of GTA... until someone actually steals someones car at gun or knife point... its silly to blame it on a computer game.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • The ignorance of some of these comments. Firstly is this article only commented on by parrots? Drugs, alcohol, mental health issues you all bleat, how embarassing for you all. Then there is the claims of outrageous reporting, I believe the headline reads rampage after playing gta court is told, not the star said. I agree sometimes the star amazes me, but let's not blame them for simply quoting. Try re reading the story before commenting. Ridiculous. Sheep.

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    Lee Davies

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • I have played this game, but have never been on a rampage! I think I am a perfectly normal mother of four!!! I would imagine the cider and drugs caused the rampage!

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    tracy seymour

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • What poor reporting! The guy was out of his head and had a history of mental problems, yet it was playing on his computer that set him off? Errrr....nope! It was drink, drugs and mental issues. The Star really is scraping the barrel with such cheap sensationalism.

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    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • So he loves copying video games, let's all chip in and purchase a copy of Lemmings for him.

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    richie w

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • I clearly spoke out of turn when I posted an earlier comment that was deleted. This is a clear case of a video game causing a drunk, stoned man to become violent, and the Evening Star are correct to report it as such.

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    Tamara Knight

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • So the violence is fueled by GTA and not the substances ingested and health issues the individual already suffered? Well that totally makes sense. I must admit that playing all those games where I ran around smashing things and killing people, with the occasional full property destruction did almost lead me down such a path in real life. Oh no, wait, it didn't. And the name of the game just described...Mario! Also, did you know that a lot of the things you can do in GTA are not violent. I have played many games of Golf and Tennis, as well as racing. All without killing a sole! How about you try and come to your own conclusions and actually do some journalistic work instead of just regurgitating the same nonsense that the nationals like to wheel out!

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    Chris Church

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • He has mental health issues and was drunk and stoned by teatime, so...let's blame video games! Awesome balanced reporting, with the use of a screenshot from a piece of fictitious entertainment rather than a photo of real-life drug & alcohol-fuelled violence being the perfect accompaniment. I trust that details of Mr Dugdale's music collection will soon be released so that we can blame that too.

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    Talking Sleeve

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Oh for the love of..... "consumed four litres of cider, cannabis and anti-depressants". Yeah it's the game's fault. Sure. Totally nothing to do with being whacked out of his gourd. At least have the accompanying picture at the top from a GTA game that was released within the last 12 years!

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    Thursday, April 24, 2014

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