Central Java teen murders his mother after being scolded for watching too much TV

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A 17-year-old teenager in Jepara regency, Central Java was arrested by the police for the alleged murder of his own mother, which reportedly happened over something as trivial as getting scolded for watching too much TV. 

Fachrur Rozi, who heads Jepara Police’s Crime Investigation Unit, said that the incident occurred on Sunday afternoon. The teen suspect ⁠— identified by his initials MF ⁠— was watching television when his mother identified as 34-year-old SM, scolded him for being unemployed and wasting his day in front of the telly. Rozi also explained that MF had dropped out from junior high, and that his father was not at home when the crime took place. 

The mother and son then got into a heated argument, which led MF to grab a knife and use it to stab SM in the stomach. According to Rozi, MF panicked immediately after and asked for help from the neighbors. SM was then taken to the emergency room, but she succumbed to her injuries in the evening. 

According to reports, even after her own son had stabbed her, SM still tried to protect him by telling him to make up a lie about the incident. 

“Mother’s love knows no bounds, the victim SM said, ‘Tell your father that I had been stabbed by an insane person who entered the house.’ So he went out asking for help from his neighbors [and saying] that his mother was stabbed by an unknown crazy person,” Rozi said.

Despite the fabricated story, the neighbors reportedly didn’t buy it at all and became suspicious of MF anyway, leading them to report to the local police. MF later confessed to his crime following an investigation, and is still undergoing questioning. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison or a IDR45 million (US$3,159) fine for violating an article under the 2004 Law on the Elimination of Domestic Violence. 

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