Inside the ‘dirty’ $100 a night Melbourne motel where Nick Cave’s son Jethro Lazenby died

The drug-addicted son of legendary singer Nick Cave died in a $100-a-night motel where previous guests said they’d rather sleep on the streets than in one of its rooms.

Jethro Lazenby died aged 32 at the Coburg Motor Inn in Melbourne’s north on Friday, just two months after he violently assaulted his mother during an argument over cigarettes.

He had stayed at the three-star motel after being released on bail, with photos of the accommodation showing a dingy pool, graffiti on the walls and dirty appliances.

The Coburg Motor Inn where Jethro Lazenby was found dead on Friday – $100-a-night three-star accommodation in Melbourne’s north

Rooms have free internet and TVs -- but previous guests have posted a string of negative reviews for the hotel

Rooms have free internet and TVs — but previous guests have posted a string of negative reviews for the hotel

A guest posted a photo of the hotel's swimming pool which appeared uncleaned and even had graffiti on it

A guest posted a photo of the hotel’s swimming pool which appeared uncleaned and even had graffiti on it

The Coburg Motor Inn has free parking, internet and TV, as well as offering short walks to the most desirable areas of the Victorian capital.

However, previous guests have posted several negative reviews warning people not to stay at the hotel.

‘Is there a way to press the zero circle for the rate? Don’t come here! a man wrote.

“Horrible hotel, don’t stay here,” posted another on a review website.

A guest from New Zealand said: “This is the worst experience I have had with motels”.

A homeless man who spent a night at the hotel last week gave it a one-star rating and said he would have preferred to sleep rough.

“I stayed one night and left. It was dirty, unsanitary, unsafe at all full of junkies and alcoholics. The streets are a better place to sleep,” he wrote.

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Rooms at motel in Melbourne’s northern suburbs have basic gray carpeting and standard furnishings

A homeless man who stayed in a hotel last week said he would have preferred to sleep rough

A homeless man who stayed in a hotel last week said he would have preferred to sleep rough

Jethro Lazenby had been reduced to stealing food from a 7-Eleven store during his tragic last months of life

Jethro Lazenby had been reduced to stealing food from a 7-Eleven store during his tragic last months of life

The woman who raised Cave’s love child quietly mourned the loss of their son with friends at a local brewery.

Lazenby’s devastated mother, Lee-Anne ‘Beau’ Lazenby, joined two friends on the drive from her home in Collingwood, just outside Melbourne’s CBD, on Tuesday to remember her troubled son around a glass of red.

Ms Lazenby seemed relaxed as she enjoyed a quiet drink with her friends but was visibly shaken taking a phone call.

She declined to comment when approached by Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday afternoon.

Court documents given to Daily Mail Australia gave a glimpse of the despair Cave’s tormented son had experienced before Victoria Police detectives took him into custody.

Lee-Anne Lazenby makes a call outside the Stomping Ground Beer Hall in Collingwood on Tuesday

Lee-Anne Lazenby makes a call outside the Stomping Ground Beer Hall in Collingwood on Tuesday

On November 1 last year, police arrested Lazenby after he was caught shoplifting from a CBD 7-Eleven.

A desperate Lazenby had stolen a packet of chili beef jerky and a bag of Smith’s crisps, worth a paltry $12.50.

Later that day, he was again caught stealing food, this time helping himself to two meat pies and a smoothie.

The total of his illicit bounty only cost $11.

Lazenby would be jailed in March amid allegations that he criticized his former Melbourne-based model mother after she refused to buy him a pack of cigarettes.

Legendary performer Nick Cave only met Lazenby when the boy was around 7

Legendary performer Nick Cave only met Lazenby when the boy was around 7

Jethro Lazenby had used his famous last name to mark gigs on catwalks around the world

Jethro Lazenby had used his famous last name to mark gigs on catwalks around the world

Nick and Suzie Cave at the UK premiere of The True Story of the Kelly Gang in 2020

Nick and Suzie Cave at the UK premiere of The True Story of the Kelly Gang in 2020

The brutal attack inside her Collingwood home had left her bloodied and bruised.

He had already been released on bail when he assaulted his long-suffering mother, who had met Cave around 1990.

Court heard Lazenby was out on bail when his mother found him on her porch just after midnight on March 7.

Mrs. Lazenby made him a bed after convincing her to let him spend the night.

Sources told Daily Mail Australia that Lazenby struggled with drug addiction for most of his adult life.

The court heard his concerned mother had locked herself in her bedroom that night, but things turned sour the next morning when Lazenby asked her to go buy him some cigarettes.

“While standing in front of the victim, the accused then reached out and grabbed the victim’s shoulders with his hands,” a police summary read.

“He rushed forward and knelt the victim in the face and nose, causing bleeding and bruising.”

His terrified mother ran to a nearby pub and called the police to get him out of her house.

Lazenby, who had been held in the notorious Melbourne Remand Centre, was released on bail on the condition that he undergo drug treatment and avoid contact with his mother for two years.

“I tell you that it is very much in your interest to participate in all the support services that I have put in place for you,” magistrate Donna Bakos told him.

“It’s very, very important that your path to rehabilitation is much more positive and therefore poses less risk to the community as a whole and to your mother in particular.”

Lee-Anne Lazenby was comforted by two friends at a local brewery on Tuesday

Lee-Anne Lazenby was comforted by two friends at a local brewery on Tuesday

Lazenby had previously spoken of his difficult upbringing on the streets of Collingwood.  Pictured above towards the end of his life.

Lazenby had previously spoken of his difficult upbringing on the streets of Collingwood. Pictured above towards the end of his life.

In a deal with prosecutors, Lazenby pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful assault and breach of court orders.

He was due to appear in court again for sentencing on June 29, but a series of other cases were on the court system at the time of his death.

Lazenby had the world at his feet in the early 2000s when he managed to land high profile modeling jobs thanks to his famous father’s name.

He opened Mercedes Australian Fashion Week in Sydney in April 2006 when he was just 15 years old.

Lazenby had been caught stealing food from a 7-eleven in Melbourne's CBD

Lazenby had been caught stealing food from a 7-eleven in Melbourne’s CBD

Once a high-profile catwalk model, Lazenby descended into Melbourne's gritty drug culture

Once a high-profile catwalk model, Lazenby descended into Melbourne’s gritty drug culture

He had debuted a year earlier in his hometown of Melbourne during Melbourne Fashion Week.

By 2009, Lazenby had made waves across the ocean in Paris and Milan and seemed destined for greatness.

“The offspring of legendary rocker Nick Cave burst onto the scene last year with an impossible-to-miss look – namely, his half-shaved/half-long hairdo that mimics it-girl Alice Dellal,” magazines wrote. fashion about it. .

In 2012, Lazenby, then 19, opened up about his difficult life growing up without a father, whom he didn’t meet until he was 7.

“I haven’t had the easiest life,” he told the Evening Standard at the time. “It didn’t start out so well, having all this shit with my dad and being in his shadow.”

It was the same year that Myer dumped him from his fashion show due to his “erratic behavior” during a rehearsal.

In the years that followed, Lazenby disappeared from the fashion world’s radar as he sank into the grime of Melbourne’s filthy drug culture.

Lazenby is expected to bid farewell in a private ceremony in the coming weeks.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Coburg Motor Inn for comment.

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