“I think I got away with it”: “Stupid” ABH criminal convicted after bragging to friends on Facebook before jury began deliberationsMichael Ruse changed his plea to guilty after his Facebook updates were printed off and delivered to court anonymouslyHe had been on trial for attacking his friend”s father with a baseball bat and batonAsked by a friend how the case was going, he wrote: “Yeah I think I get away with it tbh x (sic)”He described the judge as “stuck up” in another update after he was convictedBut he escaped with a suspended prison sentence, a curfew and a fineHe has been back on Facebook since, complaining about having to stay indoors at night
Foolish: Michael Ruse was convicted after bragging to friends on Facebook that he would get off
A foolish criminal was convicted of assault after bragging to friends on Facebook that he would get away with it – shortly before the jury was sent out to consider its verdict.
Michael Ruse, 21, was on trial at Portsmouth Crown Court with his friend Terry Reeve for attacking Reeve’s father, Gareth, with a baseball bat and baton.
But he changed his plea to guilty after the court was shown a printout of his updates about the case on the social networking website.
Even after he was convicted, he went back online to call the judge in the case “stuck up” – only hours before he was sentenced.
Just before the jury was sent out, Ruse, of Leigh Park, Hampshire, posted a status update on the social networking site saying: ‘Another week at court.’
When asked by a friend about the case he added: ‘Yeah I think I get away with it tbh x (sic)’.
Ruse, who used the name Michael Miles online, added that the case was ‘looking good’ for him.
The exchange was printed out and delivered anonymously to the court, where it was handed to the prosecution.
Faced with the evidence Ruse, who has a five-pointed star tattoo on his neck, admitted a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm.
Ruse, who has previous convictions for assault and criminal damage, then went back online to write: “Nearly time to leave for crown and see the stuck up judge!”
Guilty: Ruse, using the pseudonym Michael Miles, changed his plea after his Facebook updates were noticed
He also wrote: “Finds out today.whats gonna happen! If i did get sent down today i let others know 🙂 love ya all. (sic)”.
Three people clicked on the comment to say they liked it.
In another update, posted the previous day, Ruse had written: “Court in the morning. finds out what gonna happen to me! (sic)”.
JudgeIan Pearson, sentencing Ruse to a 46-week suspended prison sentence andan evening curfew, said his stupidity was no excuse.
Stupid: Ruse described the judge as “stuck up” in a Facebook update posted before he was sentenced
“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,” the judge said.
No mitigation: Judge Ian Pearson, who was described as “stuck up” by Ruse, told him his stupidity was no excuse for what he did
“Your stupidity really is not much mitigation.”
Russell Pyne, defending, said: “He needs help with regards to thinking skills.”
Ruse,who was also ordered to pay a fine and court costs, posted on Facebook afterwards: ‘Boom! Im coming home best start sorting myself out (sic). Tag for 6 months…and got to stay out of trouble for 2 years.’
His birthplace is given as Munichham,Germany, on his Facebook page, and he has been back on the site since his curfew began, complaining about having to stay home at night.
The page also contains hundreds of pictures of him on drunken nights out with friends.
Duringthe trial the jury heard in graphic detail how Ruse and Reeve, also of Leigh Park, Hampshire, had attacked Reeve”s father.
The pair set upon the lorry driver hours after Reeve, 20, had thrown a brick at his car in March last year.
The two friends armed themselves and attacked Reeve”s dad in the street in Leigh Park, leaving him with a cutto his head and bruises all over his body.
Running commentary: Ruse promised to let his friends know if he was sent to prison for the assault
Michael Williams, defending Reeve, said his client had not had a happy childhood and he “thinks with his fists first”.
Reevewas also charged with an unconnected assault where he and another friend, Daryl Smitherman, smashed a vodka bottle over a man”s head.
Thejury found him guilty of the assault on his father and he pleaded guilty to the second attack. He was jailed for one year and 55 days.
Smitherman pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding and was jailed for 16 months.