No end to cy­cle of vi­o­lence as ho­tel staff bat­tle drunks

NT News - - NEWS - NATASHA EMECK

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

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