A 15-year-old boy has died in hospital after he was allegedly stabbed in the chest at an Indigenous community near the centre of Darwin this morning.
- Police were called to the Bagot community overnight
- The 15-year-old boy was taken to Darwin Hospital but died of his injuries
- Detectives from the Major Crime Unit are now investigating the death
Northern Territory Police responded to reports of an altercation at Bagot community just after 3:00am, where Watch Commander Sonia Kennon said police found the teenager unconscious and “bleeding heavily”.
“Police were called to the Bagot community in Ludmilla in relation to some males fighting, and a male with a stab wound,” she told ABC Radio Darwin.
“Upon police arrival, a 15-year-old male was located with a stab wound to his chest.”
He was transported to Royal Darwin Hospital for treatment but NT Police later said in a statement he had “sadly passed away”.
No charges have been laid at this stage.
Detectives scour crime scene
A house in the community was cordoned off as part of a crime scene, and police major crime detectives were combing the area for evidence.
Residents of the house were seen walking in and out of the house this morning.
One community member, Dorothy Fernando, 20, said there had been a recent spate of violent incidents in the community.
“There’s been a lot of drinking, alcohol going around here lately … next thing you know, it just gets out of hand,” Ms Fernando said.
“I don’t know when’s this is going to stop, violence around the community.
“I don’t know how to stop it, I don’t know how the community can stop it.
“It just keeps on coming and coming. It won’t stop.”
Investigations at the scene are continuing, with police searching for witnesses.