Man Jailed after Killing Friend for Poking His Girlfriend on Facebook
Another good reason to throw your computer out the window or, at the very least, delete your Facebook account.
In England, a man has been jailed for killing his friend after he poked the man's girlfriend on Facebook. The Mirror reports 27-year-old Scott Humphrey (above) repeatedly punched his friend Richard Rovetto after finding out he'd Facebook-poked his girlfriend, while asking, "If you're such a good friend, why did you poke my missus?"
A “poke” is a small application on Facebook that is included with every account. On your homepage, a small box on the right-hand side called "Pokes" is visible if anyone has poked you.
Rovetto, father of one, hit his head on the pavement during the beating and reportedly died hours later. Humphrey fled the scene, but later turned himself in to police.
Humphrey admitted to charges of manslaughter and is said to be "genuinely remorseful." During sentencing, Judge Gregory Dickinson QC said:
"You didn't intend to kill him. Part of the tragedy is that it's left to chance what happens. There will be a fight like this somewhere tonight and the person will get up and go home and the police will never hear about it."