Date PostedDecember 12, 2013

Thomas Kelly’s parents urge premier to act on alcohol-fuelled violence

The parents of slain teenager Thomas Kelly who fell victim to alcohol fuelled violence in the notorious Kings Cross District have urged the premier to act to end this scourge.

Thomas’s parents were disappointed and grief-stricken when their son’s killer was handed down what they have described “shocking and lenient” sentence. The Kellys have called on Barry O’Farrell NSW Premier to act on this alcohol fuelled madness.

Thomas Kelly’s killer, Kieran Loveridge received a 4 year sentence in the Supreme Court for the young man’s manslaughter in July last year.

An article on TheGuardian.com.au reported on what Ralph Kelly, father of Thomas Kelly had to say after the ruling outside the Sydney Supreme Court,

1d1d970e-213d-4446-9c71-5a43d7ab4c16-460x276Speaking outside the court in Sydney, Kelly’s father, Ralph Kelly, said the verdict had left his family “cold, shocked and just beyond disbelief”.

“Until the state government stands up and says something, and does something instead of avoiding the questions of alcohol-fuelled violence, then these kind of attacks are going to continue again and again and again,” he told reporters.

“Our family can’t tell you what it’s like to lose a child, 18 years old, who had his whole life in front of him and his life is considered meaningless by the state.”

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/08/thomas-kellys-parents-call-for-premier-to-act-on-alcohol-fuelled-violence

The post also explained that Attorney General Greg Smith has asked the director of public prosecutions to consider whether there were grounds for an appeal to the sentence.

Together with the other assaults Loveridge committed within the same hour that he beat Thomas Kelly to death, the perpetrator received a 5 year sentence and 2 months behind bars.

The article explained:

Loveridge was also sentenced for four other assaults carried out within the same hour that he delivered the random, drunken king hit to Thomas Kelly on 7 July last year.

He was sentenced to a total of five years and two months behind bars. With time already served, the earliest he will be eligible for release is 18 November, 2017.

In sentencing Loveridge, Justice Stephen Campbell revealed the talented junior rugby player was on probation for another assault when he punched Kelly.

Loveridge assaulted four other people in unprovoked and random attacks in Kings Cross on the night he caused Kelly’s death, the judge said.

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/08/thomas-kellys-parents-call-for-premier-to-act-on-alcohol-fuelled-violence

Loveridge received a 25 per cent discount on his sentence because he pleaded guilty to manslaughter instead of murder. The judge also considered other circumstances including Loveridge’s youth, the remorse he showed and the prospect of rehabilitation.

Kelly’s mother, Kathy Kelly also expressed her disappointment after hearing the verdict asking how many more young men were going to die before something was done.

She was also quoted as saying,

“If they are never going to be accountable and they get a slap on the wrist, then they are just going to keep offending week after week after week,” she said.

“Somebody else is going to be standing here in a few months or a year’s time like we are and be heartbroken.”

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/08/thomas-kellys-parents-call-for-premier-to-act-on-alcohol-fuelled-violence

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