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One punch killer granted parole

In 2012, our client king hit a young man, resulting in his head hitting the pavement and the man passing away. Our client pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to a lengthy prison term.

In 2023, after serving 11 years in jail, our client was eligible for parole. However, our client’s parole was refused on the basis that ‘his release was not appropriate for the protection of the community.’ For more information, see: One punch killer fails to convince parole panel, The Canberra Times.

Our Sydney criminal lawyer then lodged a ‘manifest injustice application,’ pursuant to s 143B of the Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Act 1999. Our Sydney criminal lawyer argued that the current conditions of custody do not support our client’s rehabilitation and requested further reports from the Serious Offenders Review Council and Community Corrections.

On 4 April 2024, the matter was heard before the State Parole Authority. Before making it’s decision, the Honourable Geoffrey Bellow SC considered the updated reports provided by the Serious Offenders Review Council and Community Corrections which, “without exception, unequivocally support the offender’s release”. His Honour then stated, “the evidence available generally supports a conclusion that positive progress has been made by the offender in custody.”

In view of all the evidence, the Authority was satisfied that release on parole was appropriate and in the interests of community safety.

Although our client is now eligible be released from custody, he will be subject to strict conditions while he is on parole.

For more information, see: One punch killer Kieran Loveridge granted parole, Nine News, 4 April 2024 and Man who triggered Sydney’s one punch laws to leave prison granted parole, News.com, 4 April 2024.