Feb. 14, 2011 at 4:07 PM ET
Neil Brook, 33, was found guilty of manslaughter after stabbing his friend more than 100 times in what he claims was an altercation caused by the auto-corrected text he sent to the victim.
A jury at Manchester Crown Court in England reportedly passed over the more severe charge of murder, accepting Brook’s claim that the "dramatic and extremely violent"attack on 27-year-old Josef Witkowski had been provoked, reports the Daily Mail.
The defendant claims he was texting the victim (Witkowski), and the auto correct on his cell phone changed the "mutter" (local slang for a mild insult) to "nutter" (British slang for "crazy person," apparently a much worse insult, ). This misunderstanding escalated over text messages, according to Brook, until the victim arrived on his doorstep, enraged and holding "a big kitchen knife."
While police never confirmed whether the victim arrived with a knife, the defendant was evidently prepared for the attack:
In advance of the visit (Mr. Brook) had fitted knives to the door and near his bathroom in his flat which hit the victim in the leg.
After suffering a knife wound, Mr. Witkowski sought sanctuary in the bathroom, but Brook smashed his way through and continued the assault.
"He had a big kitchen knife and I pulled my knife off the door and stabbed him," Brook told police. "I just lost it and went crazy. I thought we were mates."
"All over a misunderstanding over a text. I said mutter not nutter."
Got it. "Mutter" not "nutter."
No doubt, there's be more to this story we haven't yet heard. The police report mentions Brook might have been on drugs, which seems more obvious than the novel "auto correct" defense (coming to a "Law & Order" franchise near you). As annoying as this know-it-all function can be, note on Damn You, AutoCorrect!, where "Pop" is "poop" and "Valentine" is "vagina," the result is good-natured hilarity, not violence.
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