One-punch killer Kieran Loveridge has had his earliest possible release from jail pushed back by a month after he was convicted of the NSW prison assault of a rival bikie.
Loveridge, 26, was sentenced on Friday to a 12-month prison term over the February 2018 assault of Penrith Rebels president Matthew Rymer at Silverwater jail.
Judge Robert Sutherland ordered most of Loveridge’s sentence be served concurrently after finding he was in fear for his life.
The judge was critical of Corrective Services NSW after Loveridge was in error placed in a pod which housed 14 members of the Rebels despite warnings and alerts on his file.
Parramatta District Court heard Loveridge had joined the Lone Wolf motorcycle club – who have long been at war with the Rebels – and assaulted Rymer in order to secure a transfer into segregation.
Following his conviction, he will now be eligible for release in June 2023.
He was given a 25 per cent sentence reduction because of his early guilty plea.
Loveridge was jailed for the manslaughter of 18-year-old Thomas Kelly in an unprovoked one-punch attack at Sydney’s Kings Cross in mid-2012.
He was originally sentenced to at least five years and two months in jail but that was increased to 10 years and two months after the Director of Public Prosecutions appealed against the inadequacy of the jail term.
The court heard Loveridge had also been involved in several violent incidents inside prison including in March 2015 when he and a fellow inmate broke another prisoner’s jaw.
Loveridge was sentenced to a 12-month prison term over that incident and had six months added onto his earliest possible release date.
The court heard his assault of Rymer happened when he was being transferred from Cessnock jail to Nowra prison and required a short stay at Silverwater.
Loveridge said he had on several occasions warned guards he couldn’t be housed near members of the Rebels but was placed there anyway.
CCTV captured Loveridge walking through pod 14 at G block towards Rymer, who was seated and speaking to his wife on the phone, before letting loose with several punches.
After being separated as they wrestled on the ground, Rymer needed stitches for a cut above his eye while Loveridge suffered minor cuts and abrasions on his hand.
They had another confrontation a short while later in another part of the prison when Rymer ran at Loveridge, who had to be protected by guards.
Judge Sutherland said Loveridge’s “moral culpability” for the assault was reduced because he feared for his safety and the threat should have been foreseen.
“The assault carried out was a means for his immediate removal from the pod,” Judge Sutherland said.
“He had genuine fear for his safety if he was placed in a cell overnight. The fear of violence towards the offender from the Rebels was the reason for the alerts throughout his corrective services records.”
Following the incident, Loveridge was recorded in telephone conversations with his mother claiming he was deliberately placed in the pod as retaliation for having an affair with a female prison guard.
The guard, Jody Marson, was dismissed following investigations of an “improper relationship”.
He was recorded in a conversation with another person saying: “They stitched me up the dogs”.