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Family applies for mental evaluation of convicted Internet addict
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2008-11-12 15:45

Family members of an Internet addict, who was sentenced to death for poisoning his parents after spending 50,000 yuan on online games, applied for a mental illness appraisal after Internet addiction was declared a mental disease in China early this week.

It's the first case of its kind in the country after the standard was announced, Chengdu Business Daily reported today. The standard will be issued to all city-level hospitals across the country after approval from the Ministry of Health.

The application was made yesterday. The man, 22-year-old Sichuan Province native Hu Ange, was sentenced to death by Suining Intermediate People's Court in December. Hu appealed to a higher people's court.

Hu stayed in Chengdu after he graduated from a college there in 2006. According to his roommate, Hu spoke little and was addicted to the online game "Legend," the report said.

His parents gave him 50,000 yuan (US$7,353) to support his seafood business in March 2007. However, Hu spent all the money on the online game within three months, according to the report.

Legend is an online game where players can buy virtual weapons and equipment with real money to improve their fighting ability.

"I abused the trust of them and they will lose confidence in me," Hu told police after getting caught, the newspaper reported. So he killed them to free them, the report said.

He bought 20 packs of tetramine on July 14, 2007, and poisoned his father Hu Ming the next morning. His father was saved after emergency treatment.

Hu Ange bought 45 more packs of tetramine on July 20 and mixed them in a beef dish on July 24. Both his parents were poisoned after eating the beef at lunch. Hu Ange's mother asked him to call for help but he stayed in his room to play Legend, the report said.

Two hours after his parents died, Hu Ange threw away the poisoned beef, washed the dish and called relatives to tell them his parents were dead, the report said.

When questioned by police, Hu Ange told them he thought his mother poisoned his father and that she committed suicide, according to the report.

Police later determined that Hu Ange had done Internet searches on tetramine. He finally admitted his crime and was sentenced to death at the end of last year.

Under the new mental illness standard, Hu Ange's family members applied to appraise whether Hu Ange was suffering a mental disease and whether he had criminal liability when the case happened, the report said.

Source:Shanghai Daily 
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