Hotel security guard involved in robbery hours before BWS was murdered

A hotel guard was hospitalized last Sunday after allegedly being hit on the head with a 700ml glass bottle of rum.

It sheds light on a savage series of youth violence in Darwin, just hours before a young BWS worker was stabbed to death in a Jingili shop and texted his father some last words before police found him dead.

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The two teenagers, aged 15 and 16, allegedly involved in the bottling of the Rapid Creek Beachfront Hotel security guard have both been charged with two counts of aggravated robbery.

They are also said to have been involved in another incident in Karama.

Another 17-year-old man has been charged with aggravated robbery at the Rapid Creek Hotel.

The security guard shared images and details of the event with local news Facebook page The Mango Inquirer, who confirmed he received six stitches in the head and one in the ear.

The security guard told the Facebook page he feared he had failed to prevent the alleged fatal stabbing.

A security guard at a Darwin hotel required seven stitches after he was attacked during an alleged aggravated robbery. Credit: The Mango Questioner

NT Police Deputy Commissioner Michael White said police believe the alleged fatal stabbing an hour later could be linked to the alleged attack on the Beachfront Hotel.

“And possibly (connected to) a third incident earlier in the evening in Karama in which a young person was attacked and a number of items stolen while on a street,” White said Monday.

The security guard’s fiancé said on Facebook: “Unfortunately there are so many stories about this type of assault and not much is really happening.

“To think that I could have lost my best friend too. RIP to the young fella, he doesn’t deserve to go the way he did.”

Following the death, all BWS territory stores now have reduced trading hours and additional security measures have been implemented, operator Endeavor Group confirmed to

‘I love you dad. I just got stabbed

Declan Laverty was reportedly fatally attacked with a knife around 9pm last Sunday while working shifts at The Airport Tavern’s BWS branch in Jingili.

The 20-year-old was pronounced dead at the store on McMillians Rd, despite efforts by rescue workers to revive him.

Speaking to local radio station Mix FM, Laverty’s father, Damian Crook, said his son worked at the bottle shop while he was in college and was planning to find another job.

He also revealed his son’s last words, which he sent in a text message after he was injured.

“I love you dad. I just got stabbed,” read the heartbreaking message.

Declan Laverty died working in a drive-through bottle shop in Darwin. Credit:

Crook described his son as “a wonderful, opinionated, strong boy”.

“He’s only been in the Territory two years. Before that he hails from Queensland and Cairns,” he said.

“He loved his football and was very interested in music at the moment. He tried to release a few songs and worked at BWS at the airport for about 30 hours.”

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James Brien

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