Michael Ruse's solicitor says his client "needs help with regards to thinking skills."
He had good reason to say so.
The 21-year-old was convicted of assault this week after he celebrated getting away with the crime by boasting about it on his Facebook page, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Ruse, of Leigh Park, was on trial for attacking his friend's father with a baseball bat and a baton. Reports say Ruse thought he was off the hook as police had not been in touch so flushed with
stupidity success he shared his experience with the world via Facebook.
After describing the crime, "I done the bloke over with a baseball bat," he wrote "Yeah I think I get [sic] away with it tbh [to be honest] x," according to the Daily Mail.
Six people "liked" the update, but one so-called friend saw the statement and printed out the text as evidence for prosecutors, in effect forcing Ruse to change his plea from not guilty to guilty.
Judge Ian Pearson was unsympathetic to Ruse's reckless status update.
"You pleaded guilty part way through the trial only really because you were stupid enough to put on Facebook what amounted to a full confession," Pearson said. Seems about par for the course with your averasge facebook user.
Stories of people bragging about their crimes on Facebook are coming up frequently. Is social nmetworking becoming a force for law and order we wonder, of are Facebook users just getting thicker.