Inside the 'filthy' $100-per-night motel where Nick Cave's son died

Inside the ‘filthy’ $100-per-night Melbourne motel where Nick Cave’s son Jethro Lazenby died – with previous guests saying they’d rather sleep on the STREET than in a room

  • Jethro Lazenby, 32, died in Coburg Motor Inn on Friday after abusive past
  • He had was jailed for attacking his own mother and only recently walked free
  • Lazenby had been staying in $100-per-night hotel with terrible reviews
  • Former guests have left a string of negative reviews about their stay at the motel
  • A homeless man who stayed there last week said he would rather sleep on street 

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

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

He had been staying at the three-star motel after being released on bail, with pictures of the accomodation showing a seedy pool, graffiti on walls and filthy appliances.

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

The rooms feature free internet and television – but previous guests have posted a series of negative reviews for the hotel

One guest posted a picture of the hotel’s pool which appeared uncleaned and even had graffiti

The Coburg Motor Inn features free parking, internet and TV, while offering short walks to desireable parts of the Victorian capital. 

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

‘Is there any way to tap zero circle for rate? Don’t come here!’ one man wrote. 

‘Terrible hotel, don’t stay here,’ another posted 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 just last week gave it a one-star review and said he would have preferred to sleep on the streets. 

‘I stayed one night and left. It was filthy, unhygienic, not safe at all full of junkies and alcoholics. The streets are a better place to sleep,’ he wrote.

The rooms at the motel in Melbourne’s northern suburbs have basic grey carpet and standard furnishings 

A homeless man who stayed at the hotel just last week said he would have preferred to sleep on the street

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

The woman who raised Cave’s love child has quietly mourned their son’s loss with friends at a local beer hall. 

On Tuesday, Lazenby’s devastated mum Lee-Anne ‘Beau’ Lazenby joined two friends down the road from her Collingwood home, just outside of Melbourne’s CBD, to remember her troubled son over a glass of red.  

Ms Lazenby appeared relaxed having a quiet drink with her friends but was visibly shaken upon taking a phone call. 

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

Court documents released to Daily Mail Australia provided insight into the despair Cave’s tormented son had experienced before Victoria Police detectives took him into custody. 

Lee-Anne Lazenby makes a call outside Collingwood’s Stomping Ground Beer Hall on Tuesday



Lee-Anne Lazenby looked every inch the devastated mum on Tuesday after learning of her son Jethro’s death 

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 chips, worth a paltry $12.50. 

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

The total of his illicit bounty cost just $11.

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

Legendary performer Nick Cave didn’t meet Lazenby until the boy was aged about 7

Jethro Lazenby had used his famous surname to score gigs on catwalks across the globe

Nick and Suzie Cave at the UK premier of the True History of the Kelly Gang in 2020

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

He had already been free on bail when he assaulted his long suffering mum, who had hooked up with Cave in about 1990. 

The court heard Lazenby was on bail when his mum found him on her front porch just after midnight on March 7.

Ms Lazenby made up a bed for him after he convinced her to let him stay the night. 

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

The court heard his concerned mum had locked herself in her bedroom that night, but things went bad the following morning when ­Lazenby demanded she go and buy him cigarettes.

‘While standing in front of the victim, the accused has then reached forward and grabbed both the victim’s shoulders with his hands,’ a police summary read. 

‘He lunged forward and kneed the victim to the face and nose, causing bleeding and bruising.’

His terrified mum ran to a nearby pub and called police upon him leaving her home.

Lazenby, who had been held within Melbourne’s notorious Melbourne Remand Centre, was granted bail on the condition he undergo substance abuse treatment and avoid contact with his mum for two years. 

‘I do say to you that it’s entirely in your best interests to participate with all support services that I’ve set-up for you,’ Magistrate Donna Bakos told him.

‘It’s very very important that your path to rehabilitation will be a much more positive one and therefore you will be less of a risk to the community at large and in particular to your mother.’

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

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

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

He was due to front court again to face sentence on June 29, but had a series of other matters listed 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 score some top modelling jobs on the back of his famous father’s name. 

He opened the Mercedes Australian Fashion Week in Sydney in April 2006 when he was just 15-years of age. 

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 

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

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

‘The scion of legendary rocker Nick Cave surfaced on the scene last year with an impossible-to-miss look — namely, his half-shaved/half-long-locked coif that mimics it-girl Alice Dellal,’ fashion mags wrote about him. 

In 2012, Lazenby, then aged 19, spoke of his rough life growing up without a father, whom he only met at age 7. 

‘I haven’t had the easiest life,’ he told the Evening Standard then. ‘It didn’t start off that great, having all this shit with my dad and being in his shadow.’ 

It was the same year Myer dumped him from its fashion show due to his ‘erratic behaviour’ at a rehearsal.

In the years that followed, Lazenby dropped off the fashion world’s radar as he sank into the grime of Melbourne’s grubby drug culture. 

Lazenby is expected to be farewelled in a private ceremony over the coming weeks. 

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

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