Thursday, July 19, 2012

Honesty being destroyed - follow up!

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.
(William Butler Yeats 1865-1939)

Following on from my previous post Honesty being destroyed comes this tragic event:

Thomas Kelly

18 year old Thomas Kelly was walking on his first visit to the Kings Cross precinct with his girlfriend and talking on his mobile phone when he was king hit in an unprovoked attack. He struck his head on the ground after collapsing and died two days later when his parents turned off his life support.

There have been violent scenes outside a Sydney court where a teenager has been refused bail over the Kings Cross murder of 18-year-old Thomas Kelly.

Kieran Loveridge, 18, who was arrested as he watched a Canterbury Bulldogs (Rugby League football) coaching clinic at Belmore Sports Ground last night, is charged with murdering Mr Kelly by king-hitting him in the face on July 7. Loveridge appeared in Burwood Local Court this morning where he was denied bail.

His friends rushed out of the court in tears and surrounded by reporters. One man barged into two cameramen, knocking one of them to the ground. Freelancer Mario Conti, who was working for Channel Nine, hit his head on the concrete. He was left conscious but was barely able to talk and it took 20 minutes for an ambulance to arrive and take him to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Freelance photographer Mario Conti lies on the ground
after being knocked unconscious by his assailant.

The man who knocked Conti down was chased and arrested by police.

Inside the court, Loveridge also cried as he was refused bail on charges of murder and assault. The court was told he will apply for bail next week. The Seven Hills teenager is also charged with assault and bodily harm over three separate assaults on the same night.

Police say one of the attacks happened before the fatal assault on Mr Kelly, and two others happened relatively close by and within three hours. Mr Kelly's death has sparked a debate over drinking culture and safety and prompted a review of licensing venues in Kings Cross.

The Kings School Greater Public School will hold a memorial service on Friday to farewell the former student, who graduated last year.


John Gray said...

We hear and sadly see things like this every day John.
Mind you I still believe that most people are good given the chance

Susan Heather said...

Saw that on our news last night - it sounds like Kings Cross is now a place to keep away from.