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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?

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 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 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 jesse 8:53 pm 20 Aug 12

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

Sandman Sandman 8:51 pm 20 Aug 12

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

thatsnotme 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

Ash92 Ash92 12:16 pm 20 Aug 12

“Ah, inter-bogan warfare…. it’s so cute…”
“Yep, two guvvie-housing tribes go to war….and the taxpayer funds the consequences.”
“Pretty much what I was thinking. These people cost and cost and cost. And, they breed like flies and their offspring maintain the family tradition of consuming resources and services that the law-abiding taxpayers have to pay for.”

I am the eldest daughter of Mr Bloomfield. I am not mentioned in this article, so let me make a few things clear.
What makes you people so superior to us?
Please, let me know because I cannot see it. Seems the only thing you have to do with your life is judge what you read in articles based purely on your own assumptions on the situation.
Well truth be told, you have absolutely no idea what my family has been through. We are not inferior to you simply because we live in a government house. My father is a good, kind-hearted man who does everything he can for his family.
You are so quick to judge and put a label on someone simply because of his or her housing situation. Well let me get one thing straight, we are not “dirty junkies” (as you seem to be putting it) simply because we live in a government house. In fact, that statement goes for quite a lot of people that live in government houses. Some people are not as fortunate as others and I’ll have you all know that my mother is extremely ill with cancer and therefore cannot work. My father is working to support his wife and three children. You would all be surprised to know that the only benefit that we get from living in a government house is the fact that we won’t have to find a new house if the owner decides they would like to move in. Otherwise, we are paying just as much as a private home. We do not live off the doll, we do the best that we can.

And what exactly is this “taxpayer funds the consequences”
“Law-abiding taxpayers have to pay for it”
Clearly another statement made based on assumptions. We paid thousands in lawyer’s fees. So before you go making assumptions, do your research.
You have no idea what our family had to go through living across the road from those people.
My little sister was 14 years old when her friend from school went to live with the family across the road (no relation to them at all). My sister thought she was safe going to see her friend. Her friend invited her into a room where Mr Coughlan’s son RAPED my sister!!!
Yes, Mr Coughlans 23 year old son RAPED my 14 year old sister. My sister was petrified.
Her “friend” filmed the situation and showed it to the young boys around my street who found it disgusting and told my mother. Of course, the girl deleted the film.

Do you want to know what happened to Mr Coughlans son?
Nothing. Nothing at all. He RAPED a 14 year old girl, a minor and got off without so much as a slap on the wrist. Would you want that man coming close to your daughter if he done that to her?
When I was 17 years old, Mr Coughlan and his partner, trapped me in the corner of their house and bashed me.
Mr Coughlan beat his closed fist into the back of my head and ribs and his partner scratched at my face and pulled on my hair.
My friend watched as they told her they were going to kill me.
They beat me senseless. I thought they were going to kill me. I remember looking down into my hands to see them full with my blood. Everything went red and I thought I was going to die.
My friend ran to get the police and in all honesty, I do not think they would have stopped if she did not go to get the police.
I had a gash taken out from under my eye, a split lip, hair line fracture, excessive bruising, a black eye, cuts all over my face and a lump on my head.
Would you like to know what happened to them?
Nothing!
Two days later Mr Coughlan’s partner followed us to school and threatened us.
My little brother, who at the time was 10 years old, was stopped on his way to school by Mr Coughlan’s partner, slapped in the face and threatened. This happened multiple times.
My little sister was threatened on her way to school, threatened at school, threatened via facebook. She was petrified of leaving the house and as a consequence moved out of Canberra to live with her aunty.
Again, nothing was done about this.
On one occasion, I woke up to banging and screaming. I went to the door to see my sick mother standing behind it and a man and women on the other side and they were threatening to have our house burnt down if we did not leave and drop the charges on Mr Coughlan’s son. My father was at work when this happened
On another occasion, the same man came to our other door and pushed my mother into the wall. Another time my father was at work.
Naturally, we wanted to get out of that house as soon as possible.
We were paying thousands of dollars in lawyer’s fees.
The Coughlan family was let off on all charges.
Please tell me how that would make you feel. Tell me, how would this situation affect you?
It ruined me. I was scared to be in my house alone. I had nightmares. I had to see a counsellor because it affected me so much

“And, they breed like flies and their offspring maintain the family tradition of consuming resources and services that the law-abiding taxpayers have to pay for.”
This statement actually makes me giggle because I am their offspring, I am 19 years old and a part time student at university, I am also a full time employee and I am paid at a higher rate than most people are paid when they finish uni and first get a full time job. I also have a casual job for after work and weekends. I work extremely hard and by the time I finish uni, I am sure I will be earning more than you all are.
Again, another statement made purely on assumptions.
So go ahead and laugh at the “guvvie, bogan offspring, that will be consuming resources and services that you poor law-abiding taxpayers have to pay for”
Bravo! You all seem to have such a perfect life.
“The tipping point we will reach requires us to have an escape plan: at some point, the few of us that are left who work and pay taxes will have to retire from our urban homes to our well-secured country retreats while the no-longer-serviced worthless bogans rampage through the streets and start eating each other in the style of “Night of the Living Dead”.
Why not get a head start and seclude yourself from us before it is too late. I simply would not want to associate myself with people that live inside such a snotty little box anyway.
Good luck to you all. I hope you are very pleased with your accusations. I hope when you go to sleep every night you feel some sort of satisfaction that you were able to make judgements on other people’s lives.

bundah bundah 7:04 pm 28 Jun 12

claire1013 said :

I just looked it up and it says that suspending a sentence means that you delay the time before serving out that sentence. In Australia, if you commit a crime on a good behaviour bond you immediately serve your originally delayed sentence as well as any additional charges following the second offence.

That’s right claire if you behave yourself you don’t get to be detained at her Majesty’s pleasure.It’s pretty much a get out of jail/gaol free card.

schmeah schmeah 5:52 pm 28 Jun 12

It’s funny how the bogues amongst us never seem to have any trouble procreating … I fear the approach of “Idiocracy”.

Bitterness aside and without having read the link, I do find it concerning that two families – with a legal case of some magnitude; sexual assault, between them were still living next to each other after the fact .. was any measure taken to relocate one of the households to other government accomodation? Surely this was a situation that was always going to inflame an already crap neighbourhood sooner or later.

bundah bundah 5:51 pm 28 Jun 12

It seems that Coghlan missed a golden opportunity ie. fearing for his life after they entered the house he could have grabbed a knife stabbed and killed both of them claimed self-defence and then got off! Sounds kinda familier although he would have to answer to the sexual assault charges.

screaming banshee screaming banshee 4:52 pm 28 Jun 12

EvanJames said :

. And, they breed like flies and their offspring maintain the family tradition of consuming resources and services that the law-abiding taxpayers have to pay for.

^this

HenryBG HenryBG 4:48 pm 28 Jun 12

Dilandach said :

EvanJames said :

HenryBG said :

snoopydoc said :

Ah, inter-bogan warfare…. it’s so cute…

Yep, two guvvie-housing tribes go to war….and the taxpayer funds the consequences.

Pretty much what I was thinking. These people cost and cost and cost. And, they breed like flies and their offspring maintain the family tradition of consuming resources and services that the law-abiding taxpayers have to pay for.

Eventually there’s going to be a serious tipping point where they’ll be more than the slight annoyance than they are now. I wonder what solutions will be come up with to break the intergenerational welfare dependant families.

You have a growing segment of society that are violent while having very basic social interaction skills that contribute very little to wider society whilst being a drain. Something is going to give sooner or later.

You really need to highlight the fact that the services consumed by this ever-spawning human rubbish are funded by a rapidly shrinking demographic.

The tipping point we will reach requires us to have an escape plan: at some point, the few of us that are left who work and pay taxes will have to retire from our urban homes to our well-secured country retreats while the no-longer-serviced worthless bogans rampage through the streets and start eating each other in the style of “Night of the Living Dead”.

Unless a requirement that anybody on benefits or in guvvie housing be required to provide proof of being on contraception, then we are on an unstoppable track for the next civilisational collapse.

vet111 vet111 4:32 pm 28 Jun 12

Thank you c_c, surprisingly I am quite familiar with the law – intimate, even. I just did not read this one in the manner that you think it has been handed down.

Being facetious, in Canberra you can almost get a suspended sentence for manslaughter, so I was surprised at the length of the sentence. It’s an interesting one – ordinarily, I would suggest that it is not appropriate for violent offenders to be eligible for suspended sentences. By the same token, is that fair and just punishment for those offenders that punch someone in a pub brawl etc….

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