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Man kills close friend for ‘poking’ his girlfriend on Facebook

By Mason White 1:21 PM October 5, 2014
Richard Rovetto (left) Scott Humphrey (right) 

By: Chan Yuan
A man in England, lost his life in a dispute over poking a woman on Facebook.

27-year-old Scott Humphrey was sentenced to four years and four months in prison for killing his friend because he “poked” his girlfriend on Facebook.

Humphrey and his friend, 29-year-old Richard Rovetto, were in a taxi on their way back from a night out when the two got into an argument.

Nottingham Crown Court heard that Humphrey angrily asked Mr. Rovetto: “If you’re such a good friend why did you poke my girlfriend?”

The “poke” feature on Facebook, is used as a way to get someone’s attention and can often be seen as a subtle way of flirting.

Humphrey accused Richard Rovetto of having contact with his girlfriend via Facebook in the past. According to the taxi driver, Rovetto admitted to the fact, but said that he did not know that Humphrey was in a relationship with the woman.

When the two exited the taxi, Humphrey allegedly punched Rovetto, a father of one, in the head resulting him to fall down and bang his head against the concrete floor.

He later died of his injuries at a hospital. Humphrey later surrendered to police and admitted to the murder.

Defense attorney Robert Egbuna said that the defendant is genuinely sorry for his actions and devastated over the loss of his friend.

However, the victim’s family is not happy with the short four year sentence for the senseless murder.

His brother-in-law, Jason Burley-Evans, 42, said: “We feel the sentence wasn’t the justice we wanted for Richard. He was a much-loved person and it will be hard for us all to move on.” May he rest in peace.