by BEN FORDHAM
How do you stop an 18 year old who wants to go out with their mates?
On Saturday, Thomas Kelly told his mum and dad he was planning a night out in Kings Cross. He was excited about being invited to a party with a new friend. His parents didn’t want him to go to Kings Cross and told him so.
But it was a special occasion (it always is, isn’t it?) and it was only going to be a few quiet drinks to celebrate a birthday. We’ve all been there… begging our parents to just relax and trust us for once. Hey, I’m 18 now!
How were Kathy and Ralph supposed to say no to their eldest son who’d grown into a mature young man? He had beautiful friends, a lovely new girlfriend and had earned himself a cadetship at a top accountancy firm in Sydney. He was more likely to be spending nights studying commerce at Macquarie University than hanging out in Kings Cross. But that’s where he ended up on Saturday night.
The final words from his parents were way too familiar… “Please be careful, please take care”.
Thomas had only been out for a few minutes when someone stepped out of the shadows and punched him in the head for no reason. There was no argument. There was no fight. There was no robbery. Just one punch.