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Man found not guilty after blacking out hospital

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Jan H. thought he was playing the Silent Hill video game when he shut down the electricity at the Sophia hospital in Zwolle last Queen’s Day.

Last Tuesday a court found him not guilty, simply because he had no idea of the true consequences of his deeds. H. has volunteered to undergo treatment.

Telegraaf reports that the 35-year-old was suffering a psychosis when he stepped into the hospital’s basement. By pulling levers and switches, he thought he could win a tooth brush. The power was down for 45 minutes during which patients in the intensive care unit had to be respirated manually and lifts got stuck. No patients suffered any lasting consequences, according to RTV Oost.

Silent Hill is a survival horror game, a sub-genre of the action adventure.

Update 30-10: added a link to the verdict.

(Photo of the old building of the Sophia hospital (1884) by Wikimedia user Arminiuzz, some rights reserved.)

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  7. Was Pyramid Head anywhere to be found?

    Comment by Christian — December 4, 2009 @ 5:03 pm

  8. how come they let a wacko play survival horror game? i mean really?? talk about hospital standards in Europe

    Comment by ezbz — December 4, 2009 @ 5:29 pm

  9. @ ezbz

    What? Are you an idiot? It doesn’t say the hospital let him play Silent Hill. More likely he played it before he was in there.

    Comment by realityreport — December 4, 2009 @ 6:29 pm

  10. Oh, it was in Europe. My first thought was “what, the American justice system actually ruled justly, instead of going for the usual spiteful and vindictive ‘we’ll punish the shit out of you just because we can’ approach,” but I guess that explains it.

    Comment by sch — December 6, 2009 @ 11:19 am

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  12. “Oh, it was in Europe. My first thought was “what, the American justice system actually ruled justly, instead of going for the usual spiteful and vindictive ‘we’ll punish the shit out of you just because we can’ approach,” but I guess that explains it.”

    At the risk of taking a shot at the U.S. public school system myself, I must ask if “sch” is a product of it. The name of the hospital, the location, the phrase “Queens Day” and the links to sites in the Netherlands were not enough to clue this dolt that this did not happen in the U.S.? Or was this just another convenient excuse some simp saw to take a lame cheap shot at the U.S.?

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