Some people really are stupid. Below is an excerpt from a Crown Office press release about a chap who put video footage of himself waving a sword in a public place, on his Bebo page.
Strangely, this footage provided ample proof of the crime:
An Ayrshire man who was seen posing with a sword on BEBO, the social networking internet site, pled guilty today at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court to possession of a sword in a public place.
19 year old Charles Bowman was convicted of a contravention of Section 49(1) of the Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995 between 1 January 2006 and 14 July 2008. The offence came to light after the accused was seen posing on BEBO.
Bowman's case was reported to the Procurator Fiscal in Kilmarnock as part of Operation Access, the unique and ongoing campaign against violence launched in July 2008. This involves Strathclyde Police trawling the internet in a move to uncover criminal activity, supporting the drive to reduce crime and disorder across the region. Intelligence gathered in this way is then passed to the Violence Reduction Taskforce who work closely with local community police officers to identify those pictured online.
"This case demonstrates the benefits of using creative investigative techniques to gather evidence of crimes of violence and anti social behaviour. It sends a clear message that those responsible for such crimes cannot escape justice.
Anthony Bowman was fined £200.