October 4, 2014 5:20 pm -

Scott Humphrey got four years in prison for killing a friend who poked his girlfriend on Facebook.  Humphrey repeatedly punched Scott Rovetto, but didn’t intend to kill him.


A court in England heard that Humphrey, 27, pounded on Rovet, asking: “If you’re such a good friend why did you poke my missus?”

Humphrey then punched father-of-one Rovetto to the floor who banged his head on the pavement. The argument happened as the pair were travelling in a taxi, in Nottingham, central England.

Humphrey admitted a charge of manslaughter and his legal team said he was “genuinely remorseful”.[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

28 responses to Man Kills Friend For Poking Girlfriend On Facebook

  1. NMAXXS October 4th, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Excuse my ignorance, but the victim “virtually” poked this guy’s girlfriend?

    Well, no wonder he got a light sentence. (???)

  2. whatthe46 October 4th, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    excuse my ignorance, but what does that mean exactly?

    • Anomaly 100 October 4th, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      I didn’t realize that Facebook still had this feature, but if you see someone or want to hear from a friend, you ‘poke’ them and that lets them know that you’d like to hear from them. It’s not a pick-up thing. Just a friendly hello.

      • raincheck October 5th, 2014 at 8:54 am

        “It’s not a pick-up thing. Just a friendly hello.”
        Unfortunately there are some Men, that would consider that (poking) as some way of flirting… And who knows, maybe they were “flirting” but killing someone over it sure as hell isn’t the answer… He was probably one of those “insanely” jealous people, who would have found some reason or another to act out.

        • Anomaly 100 October 5th, 2014 at 9:52 am

          Jealous guys askeer me.

          • raincheck October 5th, 2014 at 10:31 am

            I don’t blame you… they’re scary people

      • raincheck October 5th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

        “I didn’t realize that Facebook still had this feature”
        Either you haven’t been on Facebook in a long while…. OR you haven’t been “poked” in a while.. You see? no matter how you say it, it sounds a little…. you know …lol

  3. tiredoftea October 4th, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Is poking beyond snogging?

    • raincheck October 5th, 2014 at 11:59 am

      snogging…..”To kiss and caress amorously”, sounds like foreplay for “poking”?
      Where’s the “snog” button? Ha!

  4. ryan October 4th, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    He deserves longer than that.

  5. Carla Akins October 4th, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    I couldn’t find it on my FB page, and I can never recall using it but I found it in the help section.

    • whatthe46 October 4th, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      so, this dude died over this. he’s got some serious issues.

    • fancypants October 4th, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      So facebook is to blame for instigating this death
      I can see lawyers here lining up for the next death to happen here

      • Carla Akins October 4th, 2014 at 8:25 pm

        To my mind, he could have walked in while the guy was literally poking his wife – he’s still responsible for a man’s death.

  6. Kino October 4th, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Can you imagine how pissed off he would’ve been if people could still throw sheep at each other? Yowza!

  7. StoneyCurtisll October 4th, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Seems like a Psychotic Reaction..

  8. Mainah October 4th, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Um, wow. I don’t know what’s worse. The fact that the man only got 4 years for killing the guy, intentional or not he wasn’t giving the guy hugs and kisses, or that he beat the guy to death for a button on Facebook that I still don’t understand. It isn’t like he really “poked” her, if you get my drift. I had no idea the English were so touchy about virtual poking.

    • Tammy Minton Haley October 5th, 2014 at 12:35 am

      i’ve said it from the beginning…

      FaceBook is the Anti-Christ…it’s responsible for so many fights and arguments , family upheaval, relationship destruction…i’ve seen my entire family fight about a post, or an avatar…ridiculous…

      i’ve never had an active FB page…once, a long time ago, i set up one–never posted anything, and a few days later, i thought better of it, and deleted it…it wasn’t a simple thing to delete, either…that also tells me, it’s a bad thing, ya know?

      • NMAXXS October 5th, 2014 at 5:57 am

        Facebook is a career killer, as well.

      • Mainah October 5th, 2014 at 8:54 am

        Hey Tammy! Nice to see you! I got booted from MMfA and I still don’t know why.
        I got an account like a few years ago. And it was good for a while, until the 2010 elections. Then it got ugly. I also only posted things that were very neutral. Something about not airing your dirty laundry in public was a lesson my parents taught me long ago but just the fact that it’s the net. Once it’s out there, it’s always there. I don’t use mine anymore but I leave it open because I find it handy when there’s a poster I’m not understanding that uses their account to log in on Disqus.
        I did remove my page once and it is indeed wicked hard. But then there was this poster who was dogging me and they had a logged in with their account. You can’t use the link if you don’t have an open account. I figured I would open up an account under my cats name but silly me … that wasn’t that easy. I keep forgetting that all computers have a digital address, email accounts link up and quite frankly … that was way more time than I was willing to invest. I don’t know how sock puppet masters do it.

        • Tammy Minton Haley October 5th, 2014 at 4:31 pm

          i have a trick i use–i also like to check on others’ fb when they log in with it, or whatever–just because they’re a nut, usually, and i gotta see…

          so, i have my niece, chrissy, keep her page open on my computer…as long as i never log her off, i can go in through her name/page—it’s incredibly handy, and i know it makes me a cheater–while i denounce fb as the anti-christ, i can secretly, freely use it, and never suffer the effects…i’m a bad CatLady…
          riobravohombre got axed from mmfa, too–i got banned at crooks and liars…i defended my right to shop at wal-mart, so i can buy shampoo…apparently, this makes me a bad liberal…oh, well…i like to bathe… 🙂

          geez, i don’t know how the trolls do it, either…it seems like w-a-y too much energy to expend–that’s what makes them scary, to me. there must be some huge psychological pay-out with it, to make the behavior worthwhile…that’s frightening…

          oh, poo…i’ve rambled on enough…do you like it here? the mods are highly invested, and interact with the community–it’s nothing like mmfa…i want this community to grow!

          • Mainah October 6th, 2014 at 1:25 pm

            Are you kidding? Rio too? Conegro got bounced too but the troll that kept calling him the “n-word” wasn’t. It’s a shame too because I liked their blog but I’m not going to bother if I can’t join the conversation.
            You got banned because you shop at Wally World? That’s foolish. I’m not a liberal. I’m an indie. I like it here. Highrightnow told me about Freak Out Nation and I really liked it and just stayed when they merged with Alan’s blog. The mods are active in the discussion and they warn people before they get deleted. They don’t just delete people because some troll is flagging or downvoting a person, which I like. I want a debate. I want a discussion. I get that here. So, I added it to my feed. Glad your here!

          • Tammy Minton Haley October 6th, 2014 at 5:59 pm

            conegro??? what?
            jeez…see, that’s what happens when the moderators aren’t involved on the board, don’t know the regulars, and side with the known troll on an issue…

            more and more people are coming here…i’d love to see it grow…
            (i was a freak out nation reader, too)

            right now, this minute, over at mmfa, there’s a filthy thing posting all manner of nastiness–i just don’t appreciate the disrespect from the website, honestly…we helped make Media Matters for America what it is today, and the website has no desire to protect us from the id theft, the vile language, the racist taunts–i’ll never forget that one troll who teased Oedipus Wrecked about being non-sighted–“sell many pencils today?”
            i can’t be around that kind of ugly–it sticks to you, and smells up the joint…

            i like it here…

          • Mainah October 6th, 2014 at 7:14 pm

            That must be Andy. He must be in his filth mode. But he never seems to be banned. I can’t do sock puppets. I just can’t. Not to mention, remember that conversation we had about the ACA? How it helped us? And that entire conversation got deleted with no explanation. That hurt. I put myself out there, heart and soul.
            Yeah, I agree. I don’t mind an opposing view but not what’s going on over there. Here I’ll stay. I try to catch up on the weekends. Have had a stressful closing and then spreading numbers on the new clients has left me little time to catch up. That and I’m trying to watch my State’s debates. We’re getting hit with a lot of negative ads from the republicans. OH, and LePage had a hissy fit over an ad that called him out on calling medicare welfare. So he said he wasn’t going to participate until the meanie Democrat Michaud took it back. Friggin moron. It’s a third party ad and it’s true. He did say it. But he’s saying it was taken out of context. “I won’t share a stage with a liar.” he said. He must be conflicted internally then! BAAHAAHAAAHAAA!!!!

          • Tammy Minton Haley October 6th, 2014 at 8:26 pm

            :)… will see you soon!

  9. rg9rts October 5th, 2014 at 6:22 am

    What does poke mean in Brit?

  10. raincheck October 5th, 2014 at 7:42 am

    It seems to me, a person could just use the “messaging” feature on FB to
    let them know you would like to hear from them… I understand that a
    “poke” is intended to get their attention, but it doesn’t translate well
    if someone were to say “I poked my Sister/Mother/Brother this morning”
    It could possibly lead to some horrible ms-understanding… Like the time my Wife (ex) told me she would love to have a “Pearl necklace” (kidding)

  11. mmaynard119 October 5th, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Since when does FB have a virtual reality function?