Three young men with so much life ahead of them.
Three families, forevermore incomplete, plunged into an almost incomprehensible mourning.
The deaths of Sydney teenagers Thomas Kelly and Daniel Christie were separated from that of Cole Miller's by more than 900 kilometres and three and a half years.
But they were tragically, hauntingly similar.
Each popular 18-year-old walked unwittingly into the path of their killers, or alleged killers in the case of Cole, while on a night out with friends in inner-city entertainment precincts.
Each suffered a ferocious, single blow to the head that knocked him to the footpath with head injuries so severe he would lapse into a state of unconsciousness he would never wake from.
Each was rushed to a nearby hospital, where, in the coming hours and days, devastated family gathered around his bed, where they were forced to make the agonising decision to switch off his life support and watch him slip away.
Each young man's life ended, just as it was beginning, by simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
SEVEN people have been charged with fatal coward punches under the state’s tough new laws, with four of them facing a mandatory jail term of eight years if convicted, because they were allegedly drunk.
They include a son who police claim hit his father in the head after an afternoon’s drinking, and a man who allegedly knocked his partner unconscious in their bedroom.
Both victims died.
In another case, a male nurse died after he was allegedly struck once in the face outside a 21st birthday party as he tried to intervene in an argument between his alleged killer and the man’s girlfriend.
The controversial laws were introduced two years ago to curb alcohol-fuelled violence after the fatal one-punch attacks on teenagers Thomas Kelly and Daniel Christie in Kings Cross.
Sydney Lockout laws here to stay - Mike Baird
BOTTLE shops across the state will be forced to continue closing at 10pm, with Premier Mike Baird adamant the restriction will not be removed following a two-year review of NSW’s mandatory lockout laws next month.
National Party MPs had hoped the restriction could be loosened in the bush, but the Premier is understood to be of the view all the alcohol restrictions put in place by his predecessor Barry O’Farrell should remain intact.
Mr Baird’s stance means all current lockout and drinks restrictions in the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross are expected to remain in place long term.
On behalf of everyone at the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation, we’d like to offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Cole Miller, following his passing.
Thomas, like Cole, was 18 years old when his life was tragically cut short from a violent and unprovoked attack. Everyone has the right to enjoy our beautiful cities and their night out without fear or intimidation,
The father of a teenage water polo player killed in an allegedly unprovoked, one-punch attack in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley has remembered his son as a "brave young man".
“Back on Xmas Eve, 1997; I was attacked by 5 guys leaving a pub in Hurstville," Neil Webster said.
“They proceeded to beat the crap out of me - my jaw broken in two places, three cracked ribs, and a concussion - just because I wasn't going the same way down the street as them. I spent weeks in hospital and lost 13kg drinking through a straw for the next three months.
There is no doubt that marketing plays an influential role in shaping how we think about and consume different products. Products are promoted through numerous different channels across both traditional and new media platforms.
Alcohol is sending hundreds of thousands of people to emergency departments each year, far outranking the scourge of ice, research on Australian and New Zealand hospitals has found.
Health Editor, Sydney Morning Herald (24th November 2015)
Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation
2011 Resident’s Association’s Helen Crossing tells the Senate Inquiry into Personal Choice and Community Impacts that the failed social experiment that saw the promotion of alcohol consumption in Kings Cross and the attendant harms to people and which culminated in the deaths of two young men is ample evidence that regulations need to remain in place.
The Lord Mayor - Clover Moore, personally extended an invitation to all of the Take Kare volunteers to attend a "Thank you" morning tea to recognise the volunteers of the 'Safe Space and Take Kare Ambassador Program."
City of Sydney
Sydney, NSW, 2000
Friday 5 December 2014
Young people can look forward to a safer night out in Sydney this summer thanks to a Safe Space trial organised by the NSW Government, the City of Sydney, the Salvation Army and the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation.
From tonight, a Safe Space will be established in Sydney Square next to Town Hall to offer first aid, water, phone access and transport information to vulnerable young people who may be intoxicated or affected by drugs.