No end to cycle of violence as hotel staff battle drunks
FACING down knife-wielding drunks nearly every Friday night is a sad reality bouncers at the Tennant Creek Hotel face and it’s only a matter of time before someone gets killed, according to the licensee.
Tennant Creek Hotel licensee Jordan Jenkins said being attacked with knives and broken bottles has become an all too regular occurrence for his staff during their popular Friday night discos in recent months.
“My family’s run this place for over 15 years and I’ve never seen the street violence on Paterson St this bad,” he said.
“It’s just become too much for staff – they’re dealing with constant abuse, they get punched in the face and threatened with weapons by the underage and drunk troublemakers that get turned away at the door.
“Last Friday night one of my guys got a bottle smashed over their head – it was the straw that broke the camel’s back. I’ve decided to put a stop to all of my late-night trading until this issue is addressed.”
He said shocking CCTV footage caught the moments when another drunk patron, who was refused entry at the pub on December 20, used a bicycle to storm past staff at the door. The man then pulled out a large knife from his pants before he allegedly threatened to kill them several times.
Police have since charged the man with three counts for making threats to kill and one count of going armed in public. He was bailed to appear before the Tennant Creek Court on January 23.
Mr Jenkins said it was frustrating because the same group of people doing the offending tended to get off scotfree and would “nearly always” return to wreak havoc.
“The judicial system has failed us and let these persons straight back out on the streets to continue the cycle of offending,” he said.
“Police need to be more proactive, there are no foot patrols. The NT Government think their war on grog is working but they’re clueless about the reality on the streets.”
Another violent attack on a Tennant Creek Hotel bouncer captured on CCTV