3 British teens charged over GTA V crime
THREE British teenagers have been charged over the stabbing and robbery of a man who was walking home after buying the blockbuster video game Grand Theft Auto V, police said on Saturday.
The 23-year-old victim was attacked in London in the early hours of Tuesday as he made his way home from a midnight launch event for the notoriously violent game.
London's Metropolitan Police said he was hit with a brick, stabbed and robbed of his mobile phone, watch and his copy of the game during the attack in Colindale, north London.
Three teenagers, aged 14, 15 and 17, have been charged with robbery and grievous bodily harm with intent, a police spokesman said. Three other teenagers - aged 15, 17 and 18 - who were previously arrested in connection with the case, have been released on bail until next month.
The victim remains in hospital in a stable condition.
Fans around the world snapped up copies of Grand Theft Auto V upon its debut on Tuesday, with long queues in many countries in Asia and Europe, and even a stampede at one shop in the Netherlands.
The game's publisher, Take-Two Interactive Software, said on Friday that it had raked in more than US$1 billion (S$1.2 billion) during the first three days of sales, smashing previous records.
The Grand Theft Auto franchise has won legions of fans and plenty of critics with gameplay that heavily features carjacking, killing, sex with prostitutes and drink driving. Reviewers said the latest instalment includes much of the same.