The man accused of king-hitting NSW teenager Thomas Kelly has appeared in Burwood Local Court facing four separate charges; 1 count of murder and 3 of assault relating to a string of offences committed on a rampage through Kings Cross on July 7th.
Kieran Loveridge allegedly set upon Kelly, in what police are calling an unprovoked attack. Kelly fell and hit his head as a result, and later died from the serious head injuries he incurred.
Mr Loveridge was refused bail, and is scheduled to reappear in court again this week.
According to police, Mr Loveridge began a violent spree of offences at 10 o’clock on the night of July 7th, wandering the infamous streets of Sydney’s nightclub strip in Kings Cross.
His first alleged victim was attacked just minutes before he delivered the fatal blow to Mr Kelly.
It is then alleged that the accused attacked Matthew Serrao and Ryse Saliba in two separate incidents just before 11pm.
Police surveillance led the investigation to a Belmore sports ground, in the South-Western suburbs of Sydney, where Mr Loveridge was arrested and taken into custody.
As he sat in the courtroom, Mr Loveridge appeared agitated and in distress, as a large group of friends and family members watched on from the public gallery.
Outside the court house, supporters of Loveridge had a run in with members of the media, where a cameraman was assaulted and lost consciousness. The cameraman was taken to Royal Prince Alfred hospital, and later released after showing signs of improvement.
The youth accused of attacking the cameraman has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and is required to appear in Parramatta Children’s Court to face charges. It is unclear whether he has obtained legal advice.