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Club attacker found on Facebook

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The attack victim tracked his assailant through Facebook

A clubber who attacked a man with a bottle has been jailed after his victim tracked him down using the Facebook social networking site.

Fouad Hamodu needed 50 stitches to his jaw and neck after the attack at Club 8 bar in Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth.

Mr Hamodu recognised his attacker and managed to find out his name before tracking him down on the website.

Vincent Collymore, 33, of Shaftesbury Road, Southsea, was jailed for 15 months after admitting wounding.

'Facebook pivotal'

A Hampshire police spokesman said Mr Hamodu remembered his attacker as a regular at R 'n' B nights in the city and had heard his name mentioned.

He then started searching the Facebook website and found photographs of Collymore, which he showed to police who then arrested him.

Collymore was sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court last month.

Det Con Pete Spake said: "Although it is unusual for victims of crime to provide photographs of their assailants, in this case the social networking site Facebook was pivotal in identifying the offender, Mr Collymore.

"It is already known that social networking sites have been used to bring offenders to justice. This is just another example of this.

"I am very pleased with the outcome of this investigation."



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