Teenager Keiron Belmont in court for decimating man's online RuneScape fantasy game profile
A TEENAGER has appeared in court after logging on to a friend's computer "decimating" the profile her partner had built up in an online fantasy roleplaying game.
Keiron Belmont also stole two bottles of alcohol from his friend's house on the same night.
Swansea Magistrates' Court heard Belmont, of no fixed address, had stayed with his friend Helen Jenkins in Winch Wen on January 3, sleeping on her sofa.
However, during the course of the evening there had been a falling out between them.
Anwen Evans, prosecuting, said that when Miss Jenkins awoke early the following morning she discovered Belmont had left, taking two bottles of alcohol with him.
It was later discovered he had accessed her computer and logged on to the role playing fantasy game RuneScape, and traded away all the credits Miss Jenkins's partner had built-up over the past six years.
Belmont, 19, had previously pleaded guilty to stealing the booze — valued at £16 — and an offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 of gaining unauthorised access to a computer and making unauthorised modifications to computer material.
Stuart John, in mitigation, said his client took the "spiteful" action on the computer following a falling out between the parties over comments on the social media site, Facebook.
He said: "He saw an opportunity to carry out a spiteful act — he knew the password to the computer because he had used it before.
"He effectively decimated the credits Miss Jenkins's partner had built up over the previous five or six years.
"These credits do not have any real value — their only value is in the game.
"I would compare it to Monopoly money — purely because it is online should not make a difference, though the profile is clearly personal."
He added that the friendship between Belmont and Miss Jenkins was now over. He also said his client was hoping to pursue a career in the Armed Forces.
Belmont was given an eight-month conditional discharge for the theft of the alcohol, and was ordered to pay £16 compensation to Miss Jenkins and to pay £85 prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge. No separate penalty was imposed for the computer game offence.