Thomas Kelly’s Killer Charged After Allegedly Bashing A Bikie In Prison

Kieran Loveridge, the man whose coward punch attack killed 18-year-old Thomas Kelly in 2012, has been charged following an alleged altercation with a Rebels gang member in prison.

24-year-old Loveridge is accused of approaching 34-year-old senior Rebels member Matthew Rymer at around 2:20pm on Monday afternoon and punching him in the face. The pair subsequently wrestled, before correctional services officers separated the pair.

A police statement issued today confirms that Rymer was treated for facial injuries as a result of the altercation.

About 2.20pm a 24-year-old inmate allegedly approached a 34-year-old inmate and punched him in the face, before a wrestle ensued. The men were separated by Corrective Services officers and the older man was taken to the clinic for treatment for facial injuries.

Prison officials reported the incident, which lead to an investigation headed up by anti-bikie unit Strike Force Raptor.

Loveridge was arrested and charged with affray at 1pm yesterday afternoon.

The 24-year-old accused is currently held at Silverwood Correctional Complex, where he is serving a minimum of 10 years behind bars over the manslaughter of 18-year-old Kelly, combined with a raft of other assault convictions. Courts found that Loveridge assaulted Kelly, who was celebrating his first night out in Kings Cross, in an unprovoked and heinous attack.

His initial sentence of a minimum of four years was deemed manifestly inadequate upon appeal, with the presiding Chief Justice nearly doubling his sentence.

Kelly’s death sent shockwaves around the Sydney region, prompting sweeping legislative changes in a bid to curb late night street violence in Sydney’s entertainment precincts.

Loveridge appeared in Burwood Local Court today to have his latest charge of affray heard.