Jack Wilson, an 18-yeard-old thug from Sunset View was jailed due to Facebook postings he made after a recent court appearance.
Wilson was charged with attacking two strangers who happened to walk past him in Newcastle city early one morning. His victims were 43-year-old Kevin Nixon and 50-year-old Trevor Harrison.
Wilson punched Nixon on the left side of his face causing bruising and swelling. The attack left Harrison with a fractured eye socket and stitches on the back of his head.
When Wilson appeared in court, he appeared remorseful of the incident; however, when he returned home he posted the following on his Facebook account: “No remorse, no surrender, 100 per cent re-offender” and “laid to gadgies out.” He also posted, “I hate the law.”
Judge Roger Thorn was shown a printout of the postings at sentencing, and the outcome didn’t bode well for Wilson. He was sentenced to 20 months in a young offender’s institute. He was told by Thorn, “Had there been any degree of remorse here it might just have been possible to suspend the sentence, but I can’t because having come to court and pleaded guilty there are these terrible messages you posted on Facebook.” Thorn also commented on the “amazing” number of people who ruin their lives by what they post on Facebook.