Thursday, June 7, 2012

Doofus Of The Day #605

Today's award goes to an unusually dumb criminal in England.

A man was convicted of an assault after he bragged to friends on Facebook during his trial that he thought he had got away with it.

Michael Ruse, 21, believed the two week trial had gone well and decided to share the news online before the jury was due to go out.

Ruse, who had denied beating up a friend's dad, wrote a status update shortly before the jury was due to go out, saying: "Another week at court!"

When asked by a friend about the case he said: "Yeah I think I get away with it tbh (to be honest) x," adding it was "looking good."

The exchange was printed out and delivered anonymously to the court, where it was handed to the prosecution.

Confronted by the new evidence Ruse, who used the name Michael Miles online, had little choice but to change his plea to guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm.

Ruse, who has previous convictions for assault and criminal damage, then went back on the social networking site to describe the judge as "stuck up" hours before his sentencing.

Judge Ian Pearson said Ruse's stupidity was no excuse.

He said: "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.

"Your stupidity really is not much mitigation."

There's more at the link.

I'm sure the prosecution, at least, appreciated his doofidity . . .



Old NFO said...

Too bad Darwin doesn't get a shot at this idjit...

On a Wing and a Whim said...

Wait for it, NFO: he's about to be housed with a bunch of predators, not all of whom are as bright as he is, and plenty who are more self-centered and touchier.