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A cousin of Thomas Kelly’s killer has taken to Facebook to defend him after the death of Thomas’s younger brother, Stuart.

Karissa-Leigh Loveridge’s cousin Kieran is currently serving a 13-year prison sentence after a one punch attack on Thomas.

Karissa-Leigh believes he isn’t in any way responsible for Stuart’s tragic death last week, Yahoo7 reports.

She blames Stuart’s parents for allowing him to be exposed to the relentless bullying that is believed to have contributed to him taking his own life.

“There is no way in this world my cousin Kieran can take the blame for Stuart’s death as he did not intentionally kill him,” she wrote on Facebook before discussing the Kelly parents.

She said Stuart, 18, was “bullied for going to politicians” over the lock-out laws, “not that this is an excuse for Stuart’s death as no one deserves to die”.

“But the public need to understand the Kelly parents did put a 16-year-old in front of the media and have continued to do so as the years have gone on,” she continued.

Karissa-Leigh said in her post while she was sorry for the loss of Stuart Kelly and “completely understand the pain the family is going through”, she was fed up with “the opinions and judgments” Kieran was receiving.

“I am not justifying my cousin’s actions but don’t just assume this is my cousin’s fault,” she wrote.

Her post has since been deleted from Facebook.

Stuart’s death came four years after his older brother Thomas was killed in an unprovoked, drunken attack in Sydney’s Kings Cross.

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  • She should be ashamed. Her cousin’s reckless aggression led to death, and indirectly contributed to this one too.

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  • This opinion is a bit confusing. His actions contributed to Stuart taking his own life

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  • If her cousin didn’t kill Thomas in the first place, this young boy and his family would never have found themselves in the media spotlight. I am flabbergasted that bullying was done because of the good done by this boy because of his tragic loss. Something really needs doing to stomp out the bullies

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  • It appears complicated and it is heartbreaking.

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  • This is such a complicated story. I don’ think I understand her point of view though. :-(

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  • what unfortunate circumstances and difficult time for the families.

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  • I will make allowances for this young woman as I assume she is young. But Stuart Kelly was placed in front of the media because of what her cousin did in the first place. If Thomas had not been murdered, then none of that poor family would have been in the media spotlight. I cannot imagine what they have suffered and for this to happen now is unimaginable. They need love and prayers, not blame.

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