A YOUNG Ballarat man involved in a fight at the Bluestone nightclub was tracked down by the victim on Facebook, a court heard yesterday.
The victim, who needed stitches to the face after a being glassed by another man, found Jordan Crone, 18, on the social network site.
Noting that Crone was one of the men who attacked him on November 24 last year, the victim also found comments on Crone’s Facebook page that alluded to the fight.
Crone yesterday pleaded guilty in Ballarat Magistrates’ Court to one count of affray.
The court heard Crone was at the popular Ballarat nightclub about 1.30am on Saturday, November 24 last year when he became involved in a “scuffle” with another group of men.
Detailing the offending to the court, police prosecutor Senior Constable Steve Kent said Crone originally went to the aid of his brother who was being pushed around by another group of men.
Crone was arrested on April 5 this year after the victim identified him to police through the Facebook page and comments.
Senior Constable Kent said Crone made full admissions to police.
David Tamanika, for Crone, told the magistrate while his client’s offending was serious, he was not the person who committed the more serious crime of glassing.
“My client certainly hasn’t been put as being a glasser,” Mr Tamanika said.
Magistrate Peter Mithen urged Crone to adopt a different approach when confronted with aggression in the future.
“A cool head wins every time,” Mr Mithen said.
“Maybe if you had have gone to the security people, you wouldn’t be here today.”
Crone avoided conviction and was placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond. He was also ordered to donate $400 towards the court fund.