Escaped Criminal Uses Facebook To Taunt Police

Tom Jowitt is a leading British tech freelance and long standing contributor to TechWeek Europe

The unsavoury side of Facebook has been exposed after an escaped criminal used it to taunt police, and the social networking site is also being cited in an increasing number of divorce cases

An escaped criminal has set up a Facebook page and is using it to taunt police. Meanwhile, a British law firm has found that the social networking website is increasingly being used as evidence of cheating in divorce cases.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Craig “Lazie” Lynch was finishing a seven-year sentence for aggravated burglary when he absconded from the 330-inmate Hollesley Bay open prison near Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Lynch then apparently created a Facebook account, and used it to boast of living the high life by eating steaks and driving like an idiot on icy roads. His profile picture is of him making a one finger salute to the camera.

The brazen burglar apparently has 199 ‘friends’, and has said that he will be at a £10-a-head New Year’s Eve party at Lowestoft, Suffolk (I would expect a heavy police presence), and another party event in Norwich next year.

Anyone with information about Lynch’s whereabouts can contact Suffolk Police on 01473 613500.

Meanwhile, a law firm that specialises in divorce cases, has said that one in five divorce cases they have processed cited Facebook as evidence of cheating.

It seems that the websites such as Facebook and Bebo, which allows people to reconnect with workmates, friends, and old flames, is potentially tempting to people to cheat on their partners.

“I had heard from my staff that there were a lot of people saying they had found out things about their partners on Facebook and I decided to see how prevalent it was I was really surprised to see 20 percent of all the petitions containing references to Facebook,” Mark Keenan, Managing Director of Divorce-Online told the Daily Telegraph.

“The most common reason seemed to be people having inappropriate sexual chats with people they were not supposed to.”

It is estimated that 14 million Britons use social networking sites to communicate with old friends or make new ones.

And flirty emails and messages found on Facebook pages are increasingly being cited as evidence of unreasonable behaviour. While the UK’s divorce rate has fallen in recent years, two in five marriages still end up in divorce according the latest statistics.