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Oct 27, 2008

Woman jailed for virtual murder

Mapple Story online game
Mapple Story online game

A Japanese woman has been arrested for murdering her virtual ex-husband's avatar.

The 43-year-old woman, identified as Mayumi Tomari, from the Miyazaki prefecture in southern Japan, was outraged that her virtual husband divorced her character in an online game, Maple Story.

Maple Story is a multiplayer online role-playing game in which online characters develop by engaging in relationships and social activities and fighting virtual enemies.

The woman married her fellow character in the game, but the man, a company employee from Sapparo in northern Japan, subsequently "divorced" her.

Tomari allegedly accessed the game using his ID and password without permission in mid-May.

The charges are "illegally accessing a computer and manipulating electronic data," which carries a sentence of up to five years in jail or a fine up to $5,000.

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