16-year-old boy fatally stabs older brother after argument over TV remote
While the younger brother has been detained, it has been reported that this is not the first time that a person has died over a fight concerning television programs
A 16-year-old teen has been arrested after he allegedly stabbed and killed his brother over a fight on who would get to use the television's remote control, with the incident unfolding in their family apartment located in the Central Anatolian province of Kirikkale in the city's Yaylacik neighborhood.
According to the Daily Mail, the attack took place on November 20, with the 16-year-old arguing with his older brother, who was 18, over which television channel they could watch. The fight resulted in the younger sibling losing the argument and storming off to the kitchen in anger, where he would pick up a knife.
Having picked up the knife, the teen, who was identified by Turkey's state-run Andalou Agency only by his initials of BK, then returned to the living room and stabbed his brother, IBK, fatally wounding him in the process.
Local media in the city reported that the family immediately called for an ambulance, which would arrive and transport the 18-year-old to the Kirikkale Ihtisas Hospital for treatment. However, despite the best efforts of medical professionals and emergency staff at the hospital, IBK would die of his injuries.
The brother has reportedly been detained by the police. It is currently unclear whether the teen has been charged in his brother's death and how authorities will charge him once their investigation is complete and the details of the attack become apparent.
The Mail reports that this is not the first time that a person has died over a fight concerning television programs. Just last month, a 13-year-old girl killed herself at her home in Nakuru County in western Kenya after she had an argument with her cousin about what to watch on TV.
In another such incident that occurred in July, another young student from Kenya's Muranga County had also taken the drastic step of ending his own life after he fought with his cousin about what programme they should be watching on the television. He reportedly hung himself after the cousin in question switched to a different channel from the one he had been watching.
But it isn't just teenagers who have killed themselves over such minor squabbles. The Times of India reported that in 2011, a 41-year-old killed his 42-year-old brother in Chennai, India after the latter tried to get his brother to reduce the volume on the TV. The two fought over control of the remote for over 10 minutes before the younger man grabbed a nearby knife and fatally stabbed his brother.