Predictive text misunderstanding causes a man to fatally stab his friend

Predictive text misunderstanding causes a man to fatally stab his friend
There’s no denying that certain text messaging conversations can be taken way out of context by other people, but unfortunately for one individual, it proved to be fatal.

Thirty-three year old Neil Brook of Salford, northern England was apparently joking around with his 27 year old friend and neighbor, Josef Witkowski, by sending a series of text messages to him. However, when Brook decided to send a message that would contain the word “mutter,” which is a local colloquialism for a person who behaves in an anti-social or vulgar manner, his phone’s predictive text function used the word “nutter” instead. Essentially, the message sent to Witkowski read, “What are you on about nutter?” Well, the word “nutter” is a derogatory British slang word for “deranged.”

Rather than brushing it off, Witkowski was apparently enraged over the message that he decided to head on over to Brook’s apartment with a knife on him. Upon arriving though, Witkowski was actually attacked by Brook and it ultimately proved to be fatal for Witkowski as he died from the 104 separate injuries he received during the attack.

Brook was later convicted of manslaughter and the judge overseeing the case said, “Obviously, the sentence will be a long one.”

As much as some people would blame the predictive text messaging function, it’s of course the misunderstanding that ignited the quarrel to another level. Still, you just can’t take every text message conversation too literally because you can never know for sure how the other person is actually feeling.

source:  via Textually



1. Junior

Posts: 52; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Looks like he actually was deranged.

3. Lol... unregistered

Can this really be called a "misunderstanding" if the guy falsely accused of being deranged, you know, responds by stabbing the other guy to death? A more accurate headline would have read, "Predictive text correction is ironically correct as man responds by fatally stabbing his friend."

4. giantgnome

Posts: 67; Member since: Feb 11, 2011

They're both deranged. One crazy goes over with knife, gets knifed by other crazy instead.

8. Whoops... unregistered

Read it again...reading comprehension>me. I was wrong about who killed who. Still, the text wasn't off about the guy, he did GO over with a knife. The phone still got it right.

2. Fred unregistered

My friends call me "deranged" all the time. I just buy them another beer.

5. Rich unregistered

they forgot to mention that they were cell neighbors at the looney bin... so actually this article is out of context.... wackos

6. Kevin unregistered

Do you guys actually look outside the box for once? 1 calls 2 a nutter 2 marches over to 1's house with a knfe for murder. 1 attacks 2 before 2 can attack 1 2 is dead after 104 separate injuries Seems like 1 tried to stage the whole shit and tried to get away with self defense...

11. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I don't think you know what you are talking about.

14. rfrapp

Posts: 77; Member since: Jun 10, 2010

I don't think you do, @skymitch89. The other guy was 100% correct. Learn to comprehend what you read sir.

7. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

This certainly was big July 2010 when it happened. Slow news year on here?

10. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Ever consider that they were waiting for the trial to get over before posting about it?

9. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

That is why people should re-read their messages before and after sending them.

12. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

That may be. They had this great story they have just been watching day after day to see when the next big break happens, No, they caught the story 4th hand from a website in Australia, when the crime happened in England. And the story was widely reported then, but not here. Because they weren't paying attention. Not because they knew about it and were waiting. "That is why people should re-read their messages before and after sending them" says the dufus who posts once and then posts again a minute later with the rest of the thought that he forgot to include in the first one. American much lol?

13. nunya unregistered

it has nothing to do with predictive text. a mistake occurred and the guy was deranged. a simple predictive text misunderstanding should not set off a murder incident! the man was clearly troubled to the core and i believe the same thing would occur with the text he intended. Both to me are offensive, I dont claim to be a British know it all but im pretty sure the insult is the same equivalent of saying "hey you retard" it isnt that serious... whatever set him to do this, was not because of a text. He would have to have been extremely overwhelmed and "off his rocker" for what ever reason for quite some time

15. Socalvenom unregistered

talk about a sticky situation !

16. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

They were both cracked.

17. HAHA unregistered

I guess he was a NUTTER

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