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Enraged ex stalks single dad, sprays him with bleach, stabs him in the back & slits his throat in front of neighbors: Police

Bonita Vivien Coue and Kelly Rooney


An Australian woman is behind bars after police say she brutally stabbed her ex-husband to death after spraying him with bleach.

Police arrested Bonita Vivien Coue, 53, last Wednesday after she allegedly attacked her former husband, Kerry Rooney, as he tried to walk into his Newmarket apartment, carrying fish and chips after his 10-year-old son’s soccer game.

Neighbors who saw the incident told police that the suspect sprayed the victim with bleach before stabbing him in various body parts, including his back, neck, legs, and torso, ABC Au reports.

Coue also allegedly cut the victim’s hands and fingers. She then sat on an abandoned couch outside, a few feet away from the victim, and watched him die, police wrote.

Police said Coue hid and waited for Rooney to arrive home before she caught him by surprise during the attack. One of the witnesses reportedly tried to intervene but Coue allegedly pointed a gun at the man. Police later said that Coue pointed a toy gun at the witness.

We will allege that the male [Rooney] ran away, and the female followed him and subsequently stabbed him in the neck,” Superintendent Fleming said during a Thursday press conference.

“It’s my understanding that the victim and the offender were previously in a long-term relationship and had a child together, but that relationship ended more than five years ago…My understanding is the male victim had no reason to suspect that he would be set up last night.”

Last week, Coue made her first appearance at the Brisbane Magistrates Court on murder and assault charges. She had no lawyer, claiming that she couldn’t afford it. Magistrate Rosemary Gilbert explained to Coue that legal aid could be provided at no charge.

“The duty lawyer does not charge a fee,” Gilbert said.

Coue said she acted in self-defense, but Detective Superintendent Tony Flemming testified that there was no evidence showing that, The Australian reports

“This male victim had no reason to suspect that he would be set upon last night. In all respects, we will allege this was brutal, unforeseen by the victim, and just tragic in all regards,” Flemming said. “We are not aware of the male making any allegations preceding this event. Whether or not there was any inappropriate behaviour will be the subject of inquiries.”

Authorities stated that Coue had planned the incident at least two weeks in advance. She’s accused of watching the victim for a few weeks before carrying out the deadly attack.

According to court documents, Coue and Rooney separated in 2013. Family friend Kym Mansfield told ABC Au that Rooney’s son was his entire life.

“He had a really big heart and he’s been a great friend,” Mansfield said. “His son was his whole life. “He gave everything to keep [his son] safe and give him a good life.”

Another neighbor, Tahnia Pritchard, told the Gold Coast Bulletin that Rooney’s son ran screaming to her during the attack. She pulled him away from the scene.

[The son] ran over to me distraught … it was overwhelming,” Pritchard said. “That poor boy didn’t yet know his father had died.”

“We took him in (to our home) … he was just shaking and was in total shock. The boy just began sobbing in my arms. I told him he was so brave.”

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UK: Researchers ‘Astonished’ Male Domestic Violence Victims Ignored

  • Robert Franklin……… from his Blog  The Word of Damocles
In 1971, Erin Pizzey opened the first domestic violence shelter in the U.K. She quickly learned that, of the first 100 women there, 60 of them were, in her words, “as violent or more violent than the men they’d left.” In short, we’ve known for 50 years that some women abuse their male domestic partners. Some also abuse their female partners. For example, the statistical agency for Canada, Stats Canada, finds that lesbian relationships report significantly more violence than do either heterosexual or gay male ones.

Now, 50 years later, a new study informs us that, in the U.K., male victims of DV are often ignored, their complaints marginalized and they’re often deemed to be perpetrators by medical personnel, the police and social services agencies. Worse, the widespread ignorance of the reality of female perpetration and male victimization sometimes results in the death of males at the hands of their female partners.

For some reason, the study of 22 Domestic Homicide Reviews, conducted by Katie Hope and Dr. Liz Bates, that does little but reprise what we already know, is called “groundbreaking.” It’s not. That ground has been well and thoroughly plowed. Literally hundreds of studies show women committing as much DV or more than their male partners. Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control show more male victims than female ones. So the fact that Cumbria University is ballyhooing the new study and that Hope pronounced herself “astonished at the level of bias and how little support some men had,” are infuriating to those of us who’ve followed DV and DV policy over the years.

Face it, we know this stuff. Studies are nice, but we don’t need more of them. What we need is public policy that corresponds to the known realities of DV. We need services for female perps and male victims and less anti-male bias. In the U.S. there are about 1,500 DV shelters for women and three for men. In Canada, one man spent a decade unsuccessfully begging the government for funds for a single men’s shelter, the same government that funds 552 shelters for women. It’s still common to hear perpetrators referred to exclusively as males and victims as females. For decades, President Biden has spoken extensively about domestic violence and, to my knowledge, never once mentioned even the possibility of male victims or female perpetrators.

All that is bad enough. It’s bad enough that male victims are ignored, sometimes to be murdered by their female partners and bad enough that the press routinely misrepresents the phenomenon of DV. But the situation is far worse than that. After all, imagine being a woman who knows she’s got anger problems, knows that she assaults her husband and knows that she may someday cause serious damage to him. She wants help, but where does she go to get it? The likelihood is that she’ll be told that her belief that she’s a perpetrator is a delusion occasioned by “the Patriarchy” that somehow renders her unable to discern her own victimization.

Does that help her stop her destructive behavior? Or does it increase her likelihood of winding up in prison, possibly on a murder rap?

And what about the fact that, when violence is reciprocal between partners, U.S. research shows that, in 70% of cases, it’s the woman who hits first and the man who retaliates? Our insistence that a woman can’t be the attacker and her inability to get help mean that we don’t give her the tools to stop her own violence and therefore avoid being injured by her male partner. Thus does public policy on domestic violence makes matters worse for both men and women.

The simple fact is that, for 50 years we’ve clung to an extremist feminist take on DV, i.e., a quack doctor who knows neither the disease nor the patient nor the cure. The idea that we can reduce the incidence of domestic violence while ignoring half the perpetrators and half the victims is absurd on its face. And yet that is the state of public policy.

Plus, the services we do provide are widely spurned by the very people we’re supposed to be helping. Seven years ago, Stats Canada produced data showing that just 19% of people who said they’d been the victims of domestic assault reported the matter to police or other authorities. Our criminalization of every form of DV, no matter how slight, no matter how non-violent, means that, in the huge majority of cases, victims say that involving the police isn’t worth it. They know that, if they do, their partner will be removed from the home and placed under a restraining order, that the kids will lose a parent, probably for months, and that the legal bills will mount. Why deal with all that? In Canada, 81% of DV victims don’t. Of course, if the system offered real help to perpetrators and victims, those victims might be more willing to come forward and, into the bargain, perpetrators could learn to improve their behavior. But no. We can’t do what’s sensible, what’s competent.

Given that, it’s almost as if we don’t want to solve the problem. It’s almost as if we’re content for men to be hurt, and even killed, by the women in their lives. It’s almost as if we’re OK with pretending that women – a.k.a., sugar and spice and everything nice – would never hurt men. It’s almost as if the DV industry would rather open a vein than reduce the incidence of domestic violence that would in turn reduce the massive flow of public money to it. It’s almost as if politicians would rather posture than help solve the problem. Am I cynical? I think not.

Meanwhile, researchers can gain attention by periodically telling us they’re “shocked, shocked” that male victims aren’t getting the services they need.

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