One-punch killer in South Nowra jail

KIERAN Loveridge, the man charged with the one-punch death of Sydney teen Thomas Kelly, is believed to be an inmate of the South Coast Correctional Centre.

Loveridge’s sentence was doubled on Friday from five years, two months to 10 years after an appeal by the DPP.

Although Corrective Services would not confirm which prison Loveridge was in, the South Coast Register understands it is the South Coast Correctional Centre.

Thomas Kelly suffered catastrophic head injuries during an unprovoked attack in Kings Cross from Loveridge on July 7, 2012.

Loveridge’s original sentence, handed down by Justice Stephen Campbell on November 7, included four other assaults he inflicted on other young men on the same night.

On Friday, as Kelly’s mother cried quietly in court, that sentence was almost doubled. 

The Chief Justice Tom Bathurst declared Loveridge would serve a non-parole period of 10 years.

The original sentence generated a furious response from the dead teenagers parents. 

The crime also began a wave of momentum to address alcohol-related violence which resulted in the introduction of strict mandatory sentences in NSW.

The Director of Public Prosecutions appealed the decision, advancing seven separate grounds of appeal, including that Justice Campbell ignored the need to deter others from behaving in the same way.

Speaking outside court, the father of the late Thomas Kelly, Ralph Kelly said he and his family were relieved.

“It’s difficult, there is no celebration today,” he told reporters, flanked by his wife and his other son, Stuart.

“You can’t balance a life with years in jail. It’s very bitter sweet as we’re three days away from the anniversary of Thomas’ death.”

SENTENCE EXTENDED: Kieran Loveridge, the man sentenced for the one-punch death of Sydney teenager Thomas Kelly, is believed to be an inmate at the South Coast Correctional Centre.

SENTENCE EXTENDED: Kieran Loveridge, the man sentenced for the one-punch death of Sydney teenager Thomas Kelly, is believed to be an inmate at the South Coast Correctional Centre.

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