In Britain, Michael Ruse, 21, was found guilty of assaulting a friend’s 55-year-old father with a baseball bat and baton after bragging about the trial on Facebook.
Ruse believed the 2 week trial was going in his favor and began posting on Facebook that he thought he would get away with it.
As the jury prepared to deliberate a verdict, an anonymous person submitted copies of Ruse’s Facebook postings and he was forced to change his plea to guilty.
The judge considered the Facebook postings a confession to the crime. Ruse continued to post online that he thought the judge was stuck up shortly before his sentencing.
Ruse, who had previous convictions of assault and criminal damage, was sentenced to nearly a year in prison, a 2-year suspension and a 6-month curfew from 7pm to 7am.
Ruse’s friend, Terry Reeve, also participated in the attack on his own father and was found guilty of assault and criminal damage. Reeve was sententenced to 1 year and 2 months in prison.
The father suffered cuts to the head and bruises throughout his body.
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