‘I think I got away with it’: ‘Stupid’ ABH criminal convicted after bragging to friends on Facebook before jury began deliberations

  • Michael Ruse changed his plea to guilty after his Facebook updates were printed off and delivered to court anonymously
  • He had been on trial for attacking his friend’s father with a baseball bat and baton
  • Asked 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 convicted
  • But he escaped with a suspended prison sentence, a curfew and a fine
  • He has been back on Facebook since, complaining about having to stay indoors at night

By
Rob Preece

05:48 EST, 6 June 2012

|

10:20 EST, 6 June 2012

Foolish: Michael Ruse was convicted after bragging to friends on Facebook that he would get off

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

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)’.

Judge
Ian Pearson, sentencing Ruse to a 46-week suspended prison sentence and
an evening curfew, said his stupidity was no excuse.

Stupid: Ruse described the judge as 'stuck up' on Facebook

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

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.

During
the 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 cut
to his head and bruises all over his body.

Keeping others informed: Ruse promised to let his friends know if he was sent to jail

Running commentary: Ruse promised to let his friends know if he was sent to prison for the assault

Updates: Ruse kept his Facebook friends informed of the case's progress with a series of postings

Updates: Ruse wrote on his Facebook page daily to keep friends informed of his case’s progress

Michael Williams, defending Reeve, said his client had not had a happy childhood and he ‘thinks with his fists first’.

Reeve
was also charged with an unconnected assault where he and another
friend, Daryl Smitherman, smashed a vodka bottle over a man’s head.

The
jury 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.

I'm free: Ruse informs his friends that he has been spared jail

I’m free: At least 21 people liked Ruse’s Facebook post after he was spared jail and given a curfew and fine

Here’s what other readers have said. Why not add your thoughts,
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He did get away with it. However, had he not paid his council tax or sorted his rubbish wrong he would have felt the full force of the law.

I don’t think that this idiot’s brain cells have ever seen active service.

I don’t know who is the more stupid, him or the Judge.

Suspended sentence?!?!?!? So he DID GET AWAY WITH IT!

Brilliant, we can all request him as a friend now and let him know personally what a t!@t we all think he is!

What a 42-carat plonker !

He was right, he did get away with it. Your judges and legal system seem to be even more criminal friendly than what we’ve got here in the U.S.

looks like he did get away with it……..start jailling thugs!!!!

And yet again we have a pathetic pointless sentence handed out to a low life scum bag who was found guilty but is still freed anyway???? Why am i surprised!!!
*Hangs head and sighs*

If Osbourn is thinking of doing a uturn on his budget and finally decide to go for growth, he could do far worse than implement a building programe and build about 10 new prisons holding a thousand, then make RUSE comfortable in one of them.

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‘I think I got away with it’: ‘Stupid’ ABH criminal convicted after bragging to friends on Facebook before jury began deliberations

  • Michael Ruse changed his plea to guilty after his Facebook updates were printed off and delivered to court anonymously
  • He had been on trial for attacking his friend’s father with a baseball bat and baton
  • Asked 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 convicted
  • But he escaped with a suspended prison sentence, a curfew and a fine
  • He has been back on Facebook since, complaining about having to stay indoors at night

By
Rob Preece

05:48 EST, 6 June 2012

|

10:20 EST, 6 June 2012

Foolish: Michael Ruse was convicted after bragging to friends on Facebook that he would get off

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

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)’.

Judge
Ian Pearson, sentencing Ruse to a 46-week suspended prison sentence and
an evening curfew, said his stupidity was no excuse.

Stupid: Ruse described the judge as 'stuck up' on Facebook

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

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.

During
the 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 cut
to his head and bruises all over his body.

Keeping others informed: Ruse promised to let his friends know if he was sent to jail

Running commentary: Ruse promised to let his friends know if he was sent to prison for the assault

Updates: Ruse kept his Facebook friends informed of the case's progress with a series of postings

Updates: Ruse wrote on his Facebook page daily to keep friends informed of his case’s progress

Michael Williams, defending Reeve, said his client had not had a happy childhood and he ‘thinks with his fists first’.

Reeve
was also charged with an unconnected assault where he and another
friend, Daryl Smitherman, smashed a vodka bottle over a man’s head.

The
jury 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.

I'm free: Ruse informs his friends that he has been spared jail

I’m free: At least 21 people liked Ruse’s Facebook post after he was spared jail and given a curfew and fine

Here’s what other readers have said. Why not add your thoughts,
or debate this issue live on our message boards.

The comments below have not been moderated.

He did get away with it. However, had he not paid his council tax or sorted his rubbish wrong he would have felt the full force of the law.

I don’t think that this idiot’s brain cells have ever seen active service.

I don’t know who is the more stupid, him or the Judge.

Suspended sentence?!?!?!? So he DID GET AWAY WITH IT!

Brilliant, we can all request him as a friend now and let him know personally what a t!@t we all think he is!

What a 42-carat plonker !

He was right, he did get away with it. Your judges and legal system seem to be even more criminal friendly than what we’ve got here in the U.S.

looks like he did get away with it……..start jailling thugs!!!!

And yet again we have a pathetic pointless sentence handed out to a low life scum bag who was found guilty but is still freed anyway???? Why am i surprised!!!
*Hangs head and sighs*

If Osbourn is thinking of doing a uturn on his budget and finally decide to go for growth, he could do far worse than implement a building programe and build about 10 new prisons holding a thousand, then make RUSE comfortable in one of them.

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