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When your son’s charged with raping a man’s daughter you think you’d watch the C-bomb around him?

By claire1013 - 28 June 2012 33

The Supreme Court released the sentencing of Dennis Bloomfield after a houso on houso punch up on Twamley Crescent Richardson last year.

In February 2011 two Richardson families (Coghlan and Bloomfield) butted heads.

The Coghlan son had allegedly sexually assaulted the Bloomfield daughter in his family’s home the previous year and was subsequently charged. The two families lived almost adjacent from one another and so there was a large amount of animosity following the charges. More charges were pressed by the Bloomfields about the conduct of the Coghlan’s following the incident.

On the 5th of February 2011, Mr Bloomfield and his partner were leaving their property to go to dinner when they found Coghlan’s son outside of his father’s house, in breach of his bail conditions which stated that he not visit his father’s home. He then proceeded to make an offensive gesture (we can assume it was the bird) towards Mr Bloomfield and his partner.

During the night Mr Bloomfield consumed a lot of alcohol whilst his partner said to him:

“You need to sort this out, Dennis. He’s threatening our family. It has to stop. The kids are only young. You are the head of the family. You need to grow some balls and put a stop to it. You need to sort it out. Please, Dennis, put a stop to it”

Upon returning home, Mr Bloomfield, accompanied by his brother in law, visited Mr Coghlan at his home. The screen door was locked whilst the front door was unlocked and open. Mr Coghlan greeted him unpleasantly, dropping both C and F-bombs. Unsurprisingly, this upset Mr Bloomfield and a yelling match ensued. Mr Coghlan displayed physical signs of aggression which angered Mr Bloomfield even more. Mr Bloomfield gripped the mesh of the screen door and pulled, opening the door and stepping inside.

Punches were thrown about by all parties for about 30 seconds and Mr Coghlan sustained minor injuries. The police and ambulance was called; no one knows who called them. Charges of aggravated burglary, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and damaging property were issued against Mr Bloomfield. In May of 2011, Mr Bloomfield pleaded “not guilty” to the charges, changing his plea in September to “guilty”. Mr Bloomfield had also offered to pay for the damages to the screen door. He does not have a clean slate, having previously faced 11 other charges. One minor charge committed in 2008 and 10 others regarding motor vehicles in 1998. The sentencing judge, Justice Nield, did not take these under consideration when sentencing Bloomfield as they were not of a violent nature.

Justice Nield took many other factors into consideration when deciding the sentence:

I accept that the offender has good prospects for rehabilitation and that he is unlikely to re-offend. This is the first time when he acted violently. He was spurred into acting violently by the actions of the complainant. He is ashamed and remorseful for what he did. He has the support of his wife, children and supervisor. He has changed his place of residence. He has ceased to drink alcohol. He is considered by the author of the pre-sentence report to be a low risk of re-offending. He has commenced anger management programs as suggested by ACT Corrective Services. All this bodes well for his future.

Another factor that I consider to be relevant, in addition to what I have said already about the offences and the offender, is the fact that the offender is the breadwinner, to use that expression, for his family and that his family would suffer financially to a significant degree if he were sentenced to imprisonment.

A final factor that I consider to be relevant is that the offender’s wife has been diagnosed with a form of cancer and that she is to be shortly admitted into hospital for major surgery. The offender will need to be available to care for his two juvenile children during his wife’s hospitalisation and to assist his wife after her discharge from hospital.

The sentence is suspended with a good behaviour bond. Mr Bloomfield has also been ordered to pay $446.55 in damages for the screen door.

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bundah 7:53 am 21 Aug 12

grunge_hippy said :

Firstly i would like to point out that my earlier comment re Coghlan missing a golden opportunity was a sarcastic dig at the unconscionable self-defence law in the ACT and i meant no malice.You mentioned that the rape of your sister went unpunished as did the beating you received from Coghlan.Can you elucidate ie. explain why Coghlan was not prosecuted for both offences?

Congrats, you win the prize for wankiest use of a word on the riotact. Was this so you could pretend you were smarter than the OP?

*slow clap*

Who would’ve thought that elucidate was somehow synonymous with wanker.Thanks for drawing that to my attention c*cksnot!

grunge_hippy 10:56 pm 20 Aug 12

Firstly i would like to point out that my earlier comment re Coghlan missing a golden opportunity was a sarcastic dig at the unconscionable self-defence law in the ACT and i meant no malice.You mentioned that the rape of your sister went unpunished as did the beating you received from Coghlan.Can you elucidate ie. explain why Coghlan was not prosecuted for both offences?

Congrats, you win the prize for wankiest use of a word on the riotact. Was this so you could pretend you were smarter than the OP?

*slow clap*

jesse 8:53 pm 20 Aug 12

Ash. I hope your mother has a successful operation. All the best.

Sandman 8:51 pm 20 Aug 12

$450 to fix a screen door? I’m in the wrong business.

thatsnotme 7:32 pm 20 Aug 12

HenryBG said :

I’m sure both bogan households have a “Woe is me! I’m the victim!” story to be told. The lack of any prosecutions except the two that are the subject of this thread tends to suggest where the *middle* of the story might lie.

How would you know? It’s not like you’ll ever allow yourself to sit on a jury to hear the stories first hand, is it?

Jim Jones 6:28 pm 20 Aug 12

HenryBG said :

kakosi said :

Ash92 said :

Thank you. I really appreciate your comments. It was very upsetting to see what people were writing about my family when realistically they don’t have a clue what happened. Usually I wouldn’t involve myself but when such harsh things are said, it’s hard not to get involved.
It is good to see that there are people that can see past what the media says.

It really means so much to me to see your comments.

Thank you

I’m glad another side of the story has been told.

I’m sure both bogan households have a “Woe is me! I’m the victim!” story to be told. The lack of any prosecutions except the two that are the subject of this thread tends to suggest where the *middle* of the story might lie.

Classy stuff.

I would have expected Mr G to stoop to these sort of depths (to be fair, he doesn’t even have to stoop), but this is a new low for you.

kakosi 6:13 pm 20 Aug 12

HenryBG said :

kakosi said :

Ash92 said :

Thank you. I really appreciate your comments. It was very upsetting to see what people were writing about my family when realistically they don’t have a clue what happened. Usually I wouldn’t involve myself but when such harsh things are said, it’s hard not to get involved.
It is good to see that there are people that can see past what the media says.

It really means so much to me to see your comments.

Thank you

I’m glad another side of the story has been told.

I’m sure both bogan households have a “Woe is me! I’m the victim!” story to be told. The lack of any prosecutions except the two that are the subject of this thread tends to suggest where the *middle* of the story might lie.

I think it’s important to not assume you know everything about someone else’s life. Lack of prosecutions in the ACT for rape are common place and don’t necessarily mean a rape hasn’t occurred. No one apart from the two parties know the whole truth and people commenting here are just guessing based on personal experiences or prejudices.

HenryBG 5:41 pm 20 Aug 12

kakosi said :

Ash92 said :

Thank you. I really appreciate your comments. It was very upsetting to see what people were writing about my family when realistically they don’t have a clue what happened. Usually I wouldn’t involve myself but when such harsh things are said, it’s hard not to get involved.
It is good to see that there are people that can see past what the media says.

It really means so much to me to see your comments.

Thank you

I’m glad another side of the story has been told.

I’m sure both bogan households have a “Woe is me! I’m the victim!” story to be told. The lack of any prosecutions except the two that are the subject of this thread tends to suggest where the *middle* of the story might lie.

bundah 5:27 pm 20 Aug 12

Ash92 said :

Thank you. I really appreciate your comments. It was very upsetting to see what people were writing about my family when realistically they don’t have a clue what happened. Usually I wouldn’t involve myself but when such harsh things are said, it’s hard not to get involved.
It is good to see that there are people that can see past what the media says.

It really means so much to me to see your comments.

Thank you

Firstly i would like to point out that my earlier comment re Coghlan missing a golden opportunity was a sarcastic dig at the unconscionable self-defence law in the ACT and i meant no malice.You mentioned that the rape of your sister went unpunished as did the beating you received from Coghlan.Can you elucidate ie. explain why Coghlan was not prosecuted for both offences?

kakosi 3:07 pm 20 Aug 12

Ash92 said :

Thank you. I really appreciate your comments. It was very upsetting to see what people were writing about my family when realistically they don’t have a clue what happened. Usually I wouldn’t involve myself but when such harsh things are said, it’s hard not to get involved.
It is good to see that there are people that can see past what the media says.

It really means so much to me to see your comments.

Thank you

I’m glad another side of the story has been told.

Ash92 2:03 pm 20 Aug 12

Thank you. I really appreciate your comments. It was very upsetting to see what people were writing about my family when realistically they don’t have a clue what happened. Usually I wouldn’t involve myself but when such harsh things are said, it’s hard not to get involved.
It is good to see that there are people that can see past what the media says.

It really means so much to me to see your comments.

Thank you

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 1:27 pm 20 Aug 12

Ash, sounds liek a aweful situation, but it never should have gotten so far. Two very easy options: move house or take matters into your own hands.
If anybody ever threatened my kids or asualted them like you say, then the offenders would never walk again and if somebody raped one of my daughters, they would never have any type of sex ever again.

No one needs to put up with what happened to your family and if you police and courts wont help you, then there is no more else to do than take matters into your own hands.

genuis 1:04 pm 20 Aug 12

Thanks for posting that Ash. I hope things get better for you and your family. Don’t worry about what the keyboard warriors have to say.

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