Corey Kennedy appeared in Penrith Local Court on Friday. Photo: A Current Affair Corey Kennedy, left, was supported by his parents Ashley, centre, and Peta at court. Photo: A Current Affair
Ashley Kennedy is seen at his wit’s end with son Corey’s drug addiction on Struggle Street. Photo: SBS
Corey Kennedy and his son Liam on SBS’s Struggle Street. Photo: SBS
Struggle Street: Corey’s story
One year after the lives of Mount Druitt’s Kennedy family were laid bare in SBS’s gritty documentary series Struggle Street, one of the family’s battles has become only more desperate.
Ashley Kennedy was at his wits’ end as he stood outside Penrith Local Court on Friday, detailing the reasons that his ice-addicted son Corey Kennedy needed to be sent to jail when he is sentenced over a high-speed police pursuit through Sydney.
“I don’t want him hurting nobody else, I don’t want to see him go to jail for murder,” Mr Kennedy told Channel Nine’s A Current Affair, in an episode that aired on Tuesday night.
“I don’t want to see him go out with a pin in his arm, I don’t want to see him affect other people’s lives the way he has affected mine.”
Remarkably, Corey, 26, agreed with his father that he needed to be locked up to beat his eight-year addiction to ice.
“To be honest with you, I think it would be a good idea [to be sent to jail]. Yeah, like, it’s the only way I’m going to get off the drugs,” he said outside court.
“Even before the show [Struggle Street], since I was 18, I’ve been on ice. All it’s done is cause me dramas. I can’t live this life.”
The Kennedy family featured prominently in the three-part documentary series that aired nationally in May last year, dividing viewers and leading to claims that the show was peddling “poverty porn”.
The show detailed, among other things, how Corey’s drug addiction had left his family terrified, and led to his partner leaving him, taking their young son with her.
Corey appeared in Penrith Local Court on Friday, on charges his father said related to a high-speed pursuit.
Mr Kennedy claimed Corey was high on ice when he travelled at 110km/h in a 60km/h zone while the police chased him.
“It was only a small pursuit this time, not compared to the last one, but he travelled on the wrong side of the road endangering other people’s lives, you know what I mean?” Mr Kennedy said.
Corey told A Current Affair that the police had “put their sirens on, I freaked out and then took off”.
When asked why he had done so, he said: “It was because I was stupid and I weren’t thinking straight.”
“He’s a nightmare out there,” Mr Kennedy said. “He snaps. And you see these people where they’ve been on ice and they wake up and they’ve stabbed their mother or they’ve stabbed their father.
“Well that’s what I look at, that’s what I think is going to happen here one day, because he’s just got no control over himself.
“I cry about it all the time. I’m not ashamed of it, you know. I love him, he’s me son. I can’t control him no more and the only way I’ll know where he is if he’s in jail.”
Corey is due in court again next month.
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