In the 20-year-old’s case, he was remorseful enough to drop out of college and write apologies to the victim and her family.
But the image of him sticking his tongue out at a party is far more likely to color a judge’s (or anyone’s) perception—a phenomenon that’s been proven by more than anecdotes.
May 18 – Maria Mbombo, 46, stabbed to death in Hampstead, north London.
Earlier this year, the realms of law and new media collided when Lori Drew was hit with federal charges for creating a fake My Space page and harassing a neighboring teenager, who then committed suicide. technology, prosecutors are reportedly searching Facebook and My Space for photos of defendants to use as character evidence in sentencing hearings.
CNN reports that party photos and pictures of defendants drinking or looking unrepentant have resulted in harsher sentences for people charged in drunk driving accidents, with prosecutors presenting the incriminating pictures as evidence that the defendant lacked remorse.
Matthew Daley, 34, from Worthing, has been charged with murder and awaits trial in October 2015.
– Erdogan Guzel, 42, shot dead outside his bakery, Kardesler Pastanesi, in Lordship Lane, Wood Green, north London.
Montel Ajayi, 18, from Waltham Cross, Isaac Owen-Brady, 18, from Enfield, and Christopher Nzeh, 18, from Hitchin, have been charged with murder and await trial at the Old Bailey on 11 January 2016.
July 17 – Donald Lock, 79, was stabbed to death in a road rage incident in Findon, near Worthing, West Sussex.
– Jeremy Cook, 18, shot dead in London, Ontario after he confronted two men who had stolen his mobile phone.
One of the men, Muhab Sultan, 23, later drowned in the Rideau river in Ottawa while being pursued by police on an unrelated matter.
In one instance, a prosecutor showed the court a Powerpoint presentation of party photos that had been posted on Facebook by a 20-year-old defendant after he nearly killed another driver in a three-car collision.
The pictures depicted him at a Halloween party dressed as a prisoner in an orange jumpsuit labeled “Jail Bird.” The judge slammed him with a two-year jail sentence.
He had been out on ,000 bail on a firearms charge.