Thomas Kelly’s notorious one-punch killer has been charged after allegedly bashing a high-ranking Rebels bikie during a wild prison brawl.
Kieran Loveridge, who in 2012 killed the teenager in an unprovoked attack in Kings Cross, allegedly assaulted Mathew Rymer at
‘A 24-year-old inmate allegedly approached a 34-year-old inmate and punched him in the face, before a wrestle ensued,’ police told Daily Mail Australia.
‘The men were separated by Corrective Services officers and the older man was taken to the clinic for treatment for facial injuries.’
Loveridge has been charged with affray and will appear at Burwood Local Court on Wednesday.
The 24-year-old is reportedly linked to the Lone Wolf bikie gang, who are said to be feuding with Rebels members in jail.
Rymer is president of the Penrith chapter of the Rebels.
His brother Chris, another high-ranking member, walked free from Silverwater in December last year.
Mr Kelly suffered catastrophic head injuries after Loveridge punched him in an unprovoked attack at Sydney’s red-light district in July 2012.
His life support was turned off two days later.
Loveridge also carried out a string of other drunken assaults on the same night.
Mr Kelly’s parents became advocates for action to curb alcohol-fuelled violence after his death and campaigned tirelessly for the introduction of Sydney’s lock out laws.
Loveridge was in 2013 sentenced to four years jail for Mr Kelly’s manslaughter, but a 2014 appeal by the director of public prosecutions meant his time behind bars was almost doubled.
He was ordered to serve a non-parole period of seven years, meaning the earliest he could be released from jail would be November 17, 2022.
In September 2015, Loveridge was moved from a NSW mid-north coast correctional centre to Goulburn Supermax prison after allegations he had an affair with a female prison guard.
The guard, Jody Marson, was also dismissed following investigations of an ‘improper relationship’ with the inmate.
In 2016, NRL star Andrew Fifita famously took to the field with the letters ‘FKL’ on his arm strapping in a message of support for Loveridge.
Fifita said at the time he wanted to give his close friend a morale boost while he was behind bars.
‘My support for Kieran is there because he is sitting without a glimmer of hope and I want to give him some hope,’ Fifita told the Sydney Morning Herald.
‘There are very few people who are going to support him and my bond with him runs deep. I consider Kieran family.
‘I know what he did, I know there is no excuse, but the way I live my life, and have always lived my life, is that you don’t turn your back on your brothers. It’s how I was brought up.’
Fifita later issued an official apology to the Kelly family via the Cronulla Sharks website.
‘I fully understand and accept the seriousness of the crime committed by Loveridge, the devastating impact it has had on the Kelly family and the need for Loveridge to serve his time,’ he said.
‘I want to extend my sincere apologies to the Kelly family for any distress caused to them by having this tragic matter back in the media.’