Kieran Loveridge Incident Case Study

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In your hands there are twenty seven bones and thirty five muscles all which can help you do amazing day to day things. They can travel at up to 40km per hour, they can hit with 400 kilograms of force but they can also kill in seconds….. This very thing happened on the night of the 7th of July 2012. Nineteen year old Kieran Loveridge was heavily under the influence of alcohol, and was roaming Kings Cross streets full of violent rage. Loveridge was yelling at passbyers and was denied entry from clubs. At 10pm Loveridge randomly assaulted Marco Compagnoni. Seven minutes later Loveridge randomly punched 18 year old Thomas Kelly in the head with such force that led to Thomas’s head hitting the concrete ground. Loveridge then walks away from Thomas…show more content…
Aggravating factors were taken into account when sentencing Loveridge. The fact that Loveridge had a criminal record since a young age and as he was out for good behaviour for a summary offence for an alcohol fuelled offence of violence just one month prior to the 7th of July 2012, it highlights to the court that he hadn’t learnt from his mistakes. Other aggravating factors included the fact that he committed not one but several senseless unprovoked assaults that night resulting in injuries and death. These aggravating factors were taken into account and would have increased his criminal culpability thus resulting in him receiving a more severe punishment. Mitigating factors were also taken into account when sentencing Loveridge. It was taken into account that Loveridge had social disadvantages as during his youth as he had a difficult childhood upbringing due to his Aboriginal ‘deprived’ background. The fact that his father was a violent, drug abusing criminal and alcoholic would have been a mitigating factor as he was a bad role model for Kieran, as he provided him with direction of social morals. Loveridge’s intelligence was a factor that would have been taken into account as he is in the lower half of the average range and he was literate to an adequate degree to the court this highlights that Loveridge had overcome the disadvantages…show more content…
Firstly the penalties imposed on Loveridge from his original sentencing highlights the ineffectiveness in protecting the rights of the victims especially the deceased. The law failed Thomas Kelly and his family, as Loveridge’s original sentencing meant that Loveridge could be out of jail after serving for years for taking Thomas’s life. His family stated that the original sentencing favoured the accused stating that Thomas’s life was considered ‘meaningless’ to the state as a sentencing of four years was “a joke”. Due to the Australian public outcry and response from Thomas’s family it lead to the case being appealed by the DPP. This was necessary because the sentence was so inadequate that it needed to be changed for Thomas and his family in order to achieve justice as well as to deter acts of alcohol fuelled violence by emphasising to society that this behaviour is no longer acceptable. The fact that the case was appealed highlights that the law is responsive to meeting society’s needs, but this raises the question why should the public have to ‘outcry’ before justice is achieved for victims. The appeal meant that Thomas’s family had to relive the whole night again therefore it wasn’t in their best interests as instead of saying goodbye and remembering Thomas they had to relive the entire case and events to get an

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