& # 39; My heart goes out to that family & # 39 ;: John Ibrahim reveals how Thomas Kelly's death touched him personally – as he argues for the end of exclusion legislation
- John Ibrahim opened after the death of 18-year-old Thomas Kelly in 2012
- The nightclub magnate had 17 halls where lockout laws came into effect
- Ibrahim said he was struck by the tragedy as the father of a teenage boy
The night club magnate John Ibrahim of Sydney opened after the death of Thomas Kelly, calling for the end of the city exclusion laws.
Kelly, 18, was killed by a fatal blow to the head during an unprovoked attack during a night out at Kings Cross in July 2012.
His death led to the implementation of Sydney's controversial exclusion laws in 2014, which ultimately destroyed the city's nightlife.
Ibrahim, 48, spoke out about the tragedy and said he was struck by death as the father of a teenage boy.
& # 39; King of the Cross & # 39; John Ibrahim opened after the death of Thomas Kelly, arguing for the end of the city's exclusion legislation
Kelly, 18, was killed by a fatal blow in an unprovoked attack during a night out at Kings Cross in July 2012. His death led to the implementation of the controversial lock-out laws of Sydney in 2014, which eventually nightlife of the city destroyed
& # 39; My heart goes out to that family, because I have a son who was a year older than he was when he died, even more so than what they went through with their youngest son, & # 39;
The Kelly family had another tragedy a few years later when Thomas & brother Stuart cost his life in 2016.
Ibrahim said he wished Kelly had made it to his Trademark club where he went before he was murdered by 24-year-old Kieran Loveridge, who is now behind bars.
He recalled his glory days as the & # 39; King of the Cross & # 39; where he ran 23 night clubs and brought 30,000 people every weekend.
Ibrahim called the implementation of the laws a & # 39; stupid decision & # 39; and a & # 39; flashy response & # 39 ;, showing that the Land Government had not given any consultation.
Ibrahim reflected on his glory days as the & # 39; King of the Cross & # 39 ;, where at one point he runs 23 night clubs and brings in 30,000 people every weekend
Before the laws came into force, Kings Cross was the center for partying and going out
& # 39; It wasn't about the lost lives, which was a real tragedy. It was all about releasing hospitals and emergency services, including police and ambulances, he said.
He said he and his team tried to reduce crime and alcohol-related violence by offering to have more police officers on site, as well as additional nurses and doctors at the local hospital.
The government did not consider his efforts sufficient because he wanted more law enforcement throughout the week.
Kelly was beaten by Kieran Loveridge, who is now behind bars
Ibrahim claimed that the system, which requires bars and clubs to implement a 1.30 hour exclusion, would have done nothing to prevent the tragedy since the incident occurred around 10 p.m.
He said the issue was a criminal issue and should have been treated that way.
Instead, he said the government reported the deaths & # 39; for profit & # 39; used and negatively impacted businesses, but pointed out that drug-related deaths continue to rise at festivals.
Although efforts are being made to have the law destroyed, Ibrahim said it will take years to restore the city's nightlife.
& # 39; I feel sorry for the younger generation who today hardly have anything and completely missed what was the center of Sydney's nightlife, & # 39; he said.
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