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Man, 30, charged after CBD death

- NATHANIEL CHAMBERS AND THOMAS MORGAN

POLICE have charged a 30year-old man with three counts of aggravated assault over an incident that led to the death of a 45-year-old man in a Darwin CBD apartment complex on Friday.

Officers were stationed out the front of the police cordon at a block of social housing apartments on Smith St, after being called to the complex at 12.30am on Friday.

NT Police confirmed later in the day that the 30-yearold man had been charged with three counts of aggravated assault against three individual­s, one of which was later pronounced dead.

Residents of the complex said they overheard and witnessed fighting and screaming all through Thursday night.

Many were angry about the levels of crime and domestic violence in the precinct.

“I just want Housing to take action and listen to us,” a neighbour said.

POLICE have charged a 30year-old man with three counts of aggravated assault over an incident that led to the death of a 45-year-old man in a Darwin CBD apartment complex on Friday.

Officers were stationed out the front of the police cordon at a block of social housing apartments on Smith St, after being called to the complex at 12.30am on Friday.

NT Police confirmed later in the day that the 30-yearold man had been charged with three counts of aggravated assault against three individual­s, one of whom was later pronounced dead.

Residents of the complex said they overheard and witnessed fighting and screaming all through Thursday night.

Many were angry about the levels of crime and domestic violence in the precinct.

“I just want Housing to take action and listen to us,” a neighbour, who didn’t want to be named, said.

“The anti-social behaviour here is overwhelmi­ng.

“To see everything that happened last night was the most overwhelmi­ng thing.

“Listening to the wailing and the crying and the selfharm.

“There must have been around 30 cops here. There was domestic shouting and screaming last night, and children screaming for hours, and no one came out. We need help here (in this unit complex).”

Another resident said he heard loud noises from about 10pm to 11pm on Thursday. Another man, who wanted to be known only as Kevin, said he called police about 12.30am after hearing crying and screaming.

“The woman’s screaming, telling them to go, the kids are crying, just literally that scared,” Kevin said.

“Then 20 minutes later (after police arrived), there was proper screaming, you know, like howling.”

Kevin said he saw two ambulances come and go through the course of the early morning.

Residents of the building were unwilling to reveal the victim’s identity for cultural reasons.

St John Ambulance NT confirmed its crews attended the scene.

CPR had commenced before their arrival, with the crew taking over, but the person had passed away.

Any witnesses who may assist with investigat­ions should call 131 444. To report anonymousl­y call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or go to crimestope­rsnt.com.au

THE WOMAN’S SCREAMING, TELLING THEM TO GO, THE KIDS ARE CRYING, JUST LITERALLY THAT SCARED

NEIGHBOUR KEVIN

 ?? ?? Police are investigat­ing a death in the Darwin CBD, with a man charged with three counts of aggravated assault. Main picture: Thomas Morgan
Police are investigat­ing a death in the Darwin CBD, with a man charged with three counts of aggravated assault. Main picture: Thomas Morgan

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