Author Archives: Luke Adams Foundation

Looking at Kings Cross nights, from both sides

January 12, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald Tom Crookes It’s midnight and I have just parked my car to make my way slowly up the hill towards the nightclub strip in Kings Cross. The fight is over and the poor kid is lying there beaten and bloody. After all the recent...

Sentencing a side issue that won’t end street violence

Sentencing a side issue that won’t end street violence Date: January 14, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald Written by: Pat Easton In the early hours of 2007, at the age of 18, in a quiet residential street about 500 metres from the epicentre of New Year’s Eve celebrations in Newcastle, I was...

Safer Sydney: Alcohol link to young criminals

EXCLUSIVE Nicole Hasham, Rachel Olding – SMH The simplest thing we can do is to regulate liquor promotions About 70 per cent of young people in custody in NSW were drunk when they committed their crime, juvenile justice officials say, adding weight to calls for tougher government action to tackle...

Sydney crime: Growing drug link to violent assaults

Rachel Olding REPORTER – SMH Three-quarters of all people detained by Kings Cross police had drugs in their system, raising concerns over the link between performance-enhancing drugs and Sydney’s culture of violent assaults. Experts fear rising steroid use is contributing to aggression and violent crime among young men. Steroid use...

Alcohol the Major Player in King Hit Deaths

Dr Jennifer Pilgrim by Jennifer Pilgirm The tragic death of Thomas Kelly, fatally king hit in Sydney’s Kings Cross last year, brought to the forefront the devastating consequences of alcohol-fuelled violence in Australia. Kieran Loveridge received a non-parole period of four years for Thomas’ murder, sparking outrage from his parents,...

Knocking Heads: What Makes One Man Attack Another

An unchecked primal urge causes some young men to lose control with savage results. It’s gone 10pm in Kings Cross and a man is screaming abuse about a SIM card. “Give me my f—ing money back or I’ll tear this shop apart,” he yells at the woman behind the tobacconist’s...

Teaching Social Skills Cuts Chicago Youth Violence – Study

(Reuters) – A program teaching basic social skills to troubled youths in Chicago produced a significant drop in violence in a city where crime has been spiking, researchers said on Friday. The program – Becoming a Man-Sports Edition – was tested on more than 800 boys aged 12 to 17...

Michael McEwen’s alleged attacker Jamie Ennis freed on bail

On the same day that Michael McEwen walked unsteadily from St Vincent’s Hospital, his alleged attacker walked from Silverwater remand centre on bail. Despite a magistrate ruling last month that Jamie Ennis, 24, should remain in custody to ”send a strong message to the community” about alcohol-fuelled violence, the Bondi...

Violent streets: family of king hit victim push for sentencing reforms

The Attorney-General has shown tentative support for sentencing reforms proposed by the family of king hit victim Thomas Kelly despite a former Director of Public Prosecutions’ doubts over the suggested changes. Leading Sydney barrister Alexander Street, SC, helped Ralph and Kathy Kelly put together a proposal to the state government...