July 19, 2012 11:30PM
THE call to Crime Stoppers came late last Wednesday.
A teenage football player had mulled over for about four days what he allegedly saw and was now ready to speak up about it.
He had watched the emotional plea of young assault victim Thomas Kelly’s parents, begging for information about who might have attacked their son, and he felt an obligation to come forward.
Through an anonymous call, he told police that on Saturday, July 7, a western Sydney rugby league A-grade team played a match at their home ground.
After a much-needed win, a group of players decided to head to Kings Cross to celebrate and have a night out. They often did that.
Among those who made the trip into the Cross was Kieran Loveridge, an 18-year-old part-time salesman with no fixed address, whose mates described as a “couch surfer”.
He was estranged from his parents, who live in Mt Druitt where he grew up.
He had had a steady girlfriend for about two years and a close group of friends.
The information the male caller provided allegedly matched what investigators had identified from security camera footage they seized from Victoria St and Darlinghurst Rd, capturing the moments just before – and immediately after – accounting cadet Mr Kelly, 18, was punched in the face.
The information also allegedly supported dozens of witness statements police had already gathered as part of Strike Force Mohawk.
When Mr Kelly’s parents Ralph and Kathy made their heart-wrenching decision to turn off their son’s life support system on the Monday after the attack, police already had an image of the man they believed responsible.
The caller had given them a name to go with the CCTV vision they held.
From the Thursday morning following the attack, police had placed Loveridge under surveillance.
By mid-afternoon that same day, Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch made a public plea to Mr Kelly’s attacker to hand himself in.
Mr Murdoch also warned it would be only a matter of time before “we come knocking on your door”.
Despite the threat, no one came forward.
On Friday afternoon, not yet a week since Mr Kelly was fatally assaulted, police pressed on with their line of investigation.
They spoke to people connected with their suspect, including many of the league players who had been with him in the Cross that night.
They investigated his bank account and phone records. Police also visited a workplace where Loveridge had been known to do some occasional labour. But when investigators were ready to speak to their suspect, he couldn’t be found.
Surveillance of his parents’ and girlfriend’s family homes failed to locate him.
He hadn’t shown up to work for a few days.
But on Wednesday night this week, sitting side-by-side with a mate in a stand at Belmore oval watching a junior rugby league match, police finally snared their suspect.
They had received information Loveridge planned to be there that night.
At 7.20pm, two plain-clothed detectives approached Loveridge and spoke to him.
He was then handcuffed and led away to a waiting police car.
Loveridge was taken to Campsie police station while his girlfriend’s family home in Seven Hills was searched.
“I was asleep in bed when they rocked up,” a male relative at the house said.
“They were searching around for clothes and that, anything they could get their hands on.”
Neighbours in Mississippi Rd said they did not see any commotion that night when the house was searched.
They knew Loveridge lived at the house sometimes, but said that he had not caused trouble. “He seemed like a polite kind of kid, pleasant enough,” one neighbour said.
Loveridge’s football coach refused to discuss the arrest of his player when contacted yesterday.
Loveridge’s girlfriend last night described him as having a “big heart”.
“He’s a good kid, I don’t know what all this fuss is about,” the girl said.
“All of this media attention is totally unfair.”
The Kelly family remained dignified yesterday. They did not attend the court for Loveridge’s appearance.
They have appealed for privacy as they prepared for their son’s funeral service – to be held today at The Kings School chapel.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
295915 364599475 83
his path of destiny = 83 = Cops called. A call for justice.
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