Facebook continues to be one of the major new sources of evidence for prosecuting criminals in the modern age.
In a rare twist on the Facebook phenomenon, a Swedish man was sent to jail after the court found that he had issued an apology to his victim via Facebook’s messaging feature.
After nine months of court procedure in which the man denied any act of sexual assault, police found an incriminating message on his Facebook page.
“I want you to know that I am sincerely sorry and I beg for forgiveness in every way I can,” the man wrote to the woman. “I feel so bloody rotten,” reads another message.
While this doesn’t necessarily reveal that the man committed sexual assault, the court found the apology to be “sufficient evidence,” according to The Local. He was sentenced to six months in prison for rape. He was also ordered to pay 30,000 kronor in damages, which is about the equivalent of $4,525.
According to the woman’s statement, she allowed the man to stay at her house after the two had attended a party at a mutual friend’s house where there wasn’t enough room to sleep. He was supposed to sleep on her couch, but when she woke up she found “he had his fingers inside her.”
Sweden has often been reported as having a “relatively high incidence of rape,” according to BBC. The country has the “highest rape rate in Europe,” including allegations against its most infamous expat, Julian Assange.