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Woman accused of murdering 'virtual' husband after divorce
A JAPANESE piano teacher has been arrested on suspicion of killing her "virtual husband" after becoming enraged that he suddenly divorced her in an online game.

The 43-year-old woman allegedly hacked into a man's computer and killed off his avatar in the popular interactive game Maple Story, the Associated Press reported.

The woman, who is in custody on suspicion of illegally accessing a computer and manipulating electronic data, allegedly used the man's ID and password to log on and carry out the virtual murder in May, said a police official in the northern city of Sapporo, according to the AP.

"I was suddenly divorced, without a word of warning. That made me so angry," the police official quoted the woman as telling investigators.

The man behind the woman's online husband, a 33-year-old office worker, complained to police when he discovered that his online avatar was dead.

The woman was arrested on Wednesday, police said.

She had not yet been charged but if convicted could face up to five years in prison or a fine of up to $5000 ($7400).

Maple Story players create and manipulate avatars that represent themselves in relationships, social activities and fighting monsters and other obstacles.

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