30 November 2012
A Thetford man, who stole over £63,000 from his elderly relative
has today been sentenced to four years imprisonment after being
found guilty of theft last week.
Colin Bloom, aged 46 and of Monksgate had agreed with other
family members to share a house with his elderly father in law
whilst at the same time providing him with a standard of care,
needed following health issues in 1991, which had been previously
been undertaken by the victim's wife.
The victim had agreed, supported by his children. As the years
passed, the victim’s son, who had power of attorney noticed that
large amounts of money were being taken from the victim’s bank
By the time the victim died in 2010, and despite having a
regular monthly income of over a thousand pounds and very little
apparent outgoings, only £400 was left in his bank account.
In interview Colin Bloom admitted that he had made all
withdrawals from his father in law's bank account but could not
give an explanation for them except to say that his father in law
was expensive to support.
DC Gemma Weeks, who led the investigation, welcomed the
conviction saying: “The systematic draining of an elderly
relative’s bank account is an extreme abuse of trust. This was an
abhorrent crime which was rightfully reported to us so that it
could be investigated extensively”.
Richards Family statement
On behalf of the family we are a very pleased that, after nearly
three weeks, the trial against Colin and Dawn Bloom has now
We would like to thank, in particular, Detective Constable Gemma
Weeks and her colleagues of the Adult Abuse Investigation Unit
(Swaffham), for the considerable amount of time put in over the
past year and a half to investigate the alleged offence against our
At all times the professionalism of DC Weeks was of the highest
order and we are grateful for her diligence and support both during
the investigation and during the trial.
We would also like to thank the CPS team and in particular Mr
Wilson, the prosecution barrister, for the way he presented the
evidence to the jury, his conduct was confident, sincere and
understanding of the delicate issues surrounding the later years of
our father's life. We are grateful also to the Crown Court Witness
Service for their care provided to all the family during the
The jury was meticulous in listening to the evidence and
returned a verdict of guilty for Colin Bloom and not guilty for our
sister Dawn Bloom, we believe that was the right verdict and we
thank them for their diligence.
This verdict in no way diminishes the standard of personal care
provided to our father during the last 7 years of his life, this
standard of personal care was never in question.
As a family we can now move on from this very difficult