Hundreds rally to stop senseless Sydney bashings

AS the victim of another senseless bashing in Sydney's red-light district recovered in hospital on Tuesday, hundreds rallied outside parliament house to support the family of a teenager who wasn't so lucky.

Two weeks after Kieran Loveridge was sentenced to just four years in jail over the random bashing death of 18-year-old Thomas Kelly, anti-violence agency Enough is Enough led 500 protesters down Macquarie St.

The group called on NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell to listen to the community and in particular, Thomas' parents, who are campaigning for tougher alcohol laws and one-punch legislation.

Sydney MP Alex Greenwich, whose electorate takes in Kings Cross, where Thomas was hit in July last year, said he would move a motion for a committee to be established to review advertising and licence restrictions and look at increasing policing and compliance.

As the rally was taking plane, a 43-year-old man remained in St Vincent's Hospital following an eerily similar attack.

The victim was walking down Darlinghurst Rd when a stranger punched him in the head.

A police spokesperson said on Tuesday that Kings Cross detectives were treating the attack as "random and unprovoked".

The victim was in a stable condition at St Vincent's Hospital

The Director of Public Prosecutions is appealing Loveridge's sentence on the grounds it is "manifestly inadequate".

Topics:  violence

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