How a violent prisoner who boasted of ‘loving people’s tastes’ lured a fellow criminal to his death with the promise of a massage
- Carl William Sedgwick Bloomfield, 26, strangled fellow inmate with a sheet
- He was sentenced to life imprisonment in a Queensland court on Friday
- His victim Duke Schafer, 36, has been in the same institution for drug offences
An abusive inmate lured another inmate into the prison washroom with the promise of a massage before strangling him to death with a sheet and then playing basketball.
The Brisbane court heard that Carl William Sedgwick Bloomfield, 26, a former Gold Coast Titans player under 16, had taken offense at a comment the victim had previously made.
He pleaded guilty Friday to the murder of Duke Schafer, 36, who was sent to the same facility — Woodford Correctional Center — for drug offenses, reports The courier post.
Victim Duke Schafer (pictured), 36, was in prison for drug offenses when he was attacked
Crown Prosecutor Dzenita Balic described Bloomfield as a “dangerous man” with a history of violence.
After first denying the murder, Bloomfield made a full confession to investigators, Ms. Balic said.
‘[In the] washroom Mr. Bloomfield gave Mr. Schafer a massage, as part of which he used a piece of a sheet he’d previously cut with a razor to strangle Mr. Schafer… That took maybe two and a half minutes,” he said. Mrs Balic .
She said he was doing other activities at the time, including a game of basketball.
The court heard Bloomfield’s previous assault on two teenage boys, for which he was serving his sentence when he assaulted Schafer, involved sticking scissors through one boy’s tongue and then cutting off the other’s ear.
Court documents from the criminal case he told the teenage victims liked “the taste of people and the smell of blood.”
The attack was so violent that the prosecution demanded an indefinite prison term, but he was instead sentenced to nine years in prison with an order that he must serve at least 80 percent of that time before being eligible for parole.
Both inmates were at the Woodford Correctional Center (pictured) when the attack was carried out in the washroom
On Friday, Judge Martin Burns said Bloomfield’s attack on Schafer was premeditated, he was unable to fully explain his motives and had shown no remorse.
“You have a history of extreme violence and you are capable of sadistic acts,” Justice Burns said.
The victim’s father read a statement to the court stating that the attack had devastated their family.
Bloomfield, who appeared unconcerned during the proceedings, was sentenced to life in prison.