As any mystery novel aficionado will tell you, motive is everything when it comes to a murder case. Unless you’re dealing with a rare psycho, the murderer must have some sort of motive, no matter how small and ridiculous.
One English man had the most ridiculous, smallest motive of them all. Scott Humphrey, 27, killed his friend for poking his girlfriend on Facebook. He was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 52 months in prison.
While brutally assaulting his friend Richard Rovetto, a father of one, Humphrey cried out, “If you’re such a good friend why did you poke my missus?” During the fight, Rovetto hit his head on concrete and died hours later.
Humphrey fled the scene but later turned himself into police. He is said to be “genuinely remorseful.”
“You didn’t intend to kill him,” Judge Gregory Dickinson QC said to Humphrey during his sentencing. “Part of the tragedy is that it’s left to chance what happens. There will be a fight like this somewhere tonight and the person will get up and go home and the police will never hear about it.”