COREY VOWS HIS BEST
Magistrate sends reality TV show star for drug rehabilitation
WILLMOT’S Corey Kennedy divided a nation when his family was portrayed as typical disadvantaged public housing tenants in 2015 SBS documentary Struggle Street.
During the three-part series, Corey came under intense scrutiny for his ongoing addiction to the drug ice.
Australians were torn, judging his addiction or defending the Kennedy family as innocent pawns for TV ratings.
Last week a magistrate decided to give Corey Kennedy a second chance.
COREY Kennedy, the troubled young father on controversial SBS documentary
Struggle Street, last week had sentencing for a highspeed police chase deferred until August so he could attend a rehabilitation clinic.
Ashley Kennedy said this was son Corey’s “last chance” to avoid a prison sentence and kick his addiction to the drug ice.
“I hope I get my son back,” Mr Kennedy said this week.
Corey, 26, of Willmot, was charged on March 3 with leading police on a high speed chase, driving an unregistered vehicle and driving with a cancelled licence, among seven listed offences.
He pleaded guilty to all charges.
Almost a year after SBS put the lives of Corey and his family under the microscope on national television, the young man is still struggling to get his life in order.
His criminal sentencing was deferred until August 25, so he could attend a Victorian rehabilitation clinic.
The $40,000 fee has been waived by the clinic.
“I feel a lot more hopeful now. I do,” Mr Kennedy said.
“Now he is down there — the wife spoke to someone today and apparently he is doing all right.”
Mr Kennedy, who told a Channel 9 reporter in April he hoped his son went to jail, now hopes Corey can use the free rehabilitation opportunity to get his life back.
“He is going to give it a go,” Mr Kennedy told The Stan
dard. “He told me he is going to do his best; he is going to do it for his son and girlfriend.
“I told him before he left I loved him.”
Corey sat in Penrith Local Court on May 27, a few seats over from his parents, as his lawyer suggested a rehabilitation stint, claiming he was “unsuitable” for jail due to his admitted drug problem.
“He’s got a fantastic opportunity to do residential rehabilitation,’’ Corey’s counsel said.
“He was approached after (being seen in the) media. It normally costs up to $40,000 but he has been offered it free of charge.”
Magistrate Stephen Corry granted a Section 11 remand (deferral for rehabilitation).
Outside court in April, Corey admitted to the police chase.
“They put the sirens, on I freaked and took off … because I was stupid and weren’t thinking straight,” he said. He admitted to being high on ice during the high speed chase along the Great Western Highway and Glossop St in St Marys.
Mr Kennedy said Corey was a “good boy” before he started using drugs, which began when his brother had a near-fatal accident in 2007.
He told me he is going to do his best; he is going to do it for his son and girlfriend Ashley Kennedy
Mt Druitt footy star Mark Geyer lends his support to Corey Kennedy in the afteraftermathmath of Struggle
Street last year and (inset) Corey with his son on the show. Main picture: Jonathan Ng STRUGGLE Doing it tough