Nick Cave’s schizophrenic model son was jailed for attacking his mother after demanding she buy him cigarettes – just four years after being convicted of assaulting his girlfriend.
The legendary singer said today that his troubled son Jethro Lazenby had died aged 30, just two days after being released on bail for the attack on his mother and seven years after Cave’s 15-year-old son Arthur fell to his death from a cliff in Brighton.
Lazenby was jailed after he violently assaulted his mother in March, leaving her ‘bruised and bleeding’. His lawyer asked for leniency in sentencing because Lazenby had been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Just four years before the attack on his mother he was jailed after he violently assaulted his girlfriend multiple times in 2018 and said he was going to ‘murder’ her.
Jethro was born to his Melbourne-based model mother Beau Lazenby in 1991, who was in a relationship with Cave at the time. He himself largely worked as a model, while also taking on a number of acting roles.
Cave said in a statement this afternoon: ‘With much sadness, I can confirm that my son, Jethro, has passed away. We would be grateful for family privacy at this time.’
Lazenby admitted to attacking his mother Beau Lazenby brutally in her Melbourne home in March.
Jethro Lazenby, (pictured modelling in Milan) the former model son of legendary Australian singer Nick Cave, was jailed for violently assaulting his mother in her Melbourne home
schizophrenic Lazenby was jailed in 2018 for a series of violent assaults on his girlfriend, with a court told he repeatedly told her: ‘I’m going to murder you’
Lazenby was born to Cave (pictured) and his Melbourne-based model mother in 1991, but admitted he didn’t meet his father until he was seven
She had found her son at her front door just after midnight on March 7, before he convinced her to allow him to stay the night.
The following morning the pair got into an argument where Lazenby kneed his mother in the face, causing bleeding and bruising.
The court heard after Lazenby’s mother allowed him to stay the night, she made a bed up for him before she left to go to her own room and locked the door.
The next morning Lazenby demanded she buy him cigarettes, before an argument broke out and he attacked her.
‘While standing in front of the victim the accused has then reached forward and grabbed both the victim’s shoulders with his hands,’ the police prosecutor told the court, the Herald Sun reported.
‘He lunged forward and kneed the victim to the face and nose, causing bleeding and bruising.’
Lazenby left the house after attacking his mother to buy the cigarettes, before she ran to a pub and asked them to call police.
The 30-year-old was arrested shortly afterwards.
Lazenby (pictured modelling in Milan) attacked his mother after he demanded she buy him cigarettes. She fled to a nearby pub after the assault and called police
He struck a deal with prosecutors and agreed to plead guilty to one count of unlawful assault and breaching court orders, while remaining charges including intentionally causing injury were dropped.
Lazenby was on bail at the time of the offence.
Lazenby’s representation Sean Ghattas said he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and that affected his judgement.
Mr Ghattas asked his sentence be time served and for him to be released from prison but Magistrate Donna Bakos replied: ‘I’m not sure I agree with you.’
Lazenby’s representation Sean Ghattas said he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and that affected his judgement
Nick Cave today confirmed the death of his son, Jethro Lazenby, who he is seen with in 2006. He said: ‘With much sadness, I can confirm that my son, Jethro, has passed away. We would be grateful for family privacy at this time’
Jethro was born to his Melbourne-based model mother Beau Lazenby in 1991, who was in a relationship with Cave at the time
She noted his ‘considerable criminal history’, which includes a series of violent assaults on his girlfriend in 2018 which saw him spend time in jail.
The court heard Cave’s son had screamed: ‘I’m going to murder you’ three times while holding the woman down.
Magistrate Bakos said she would consider Lazenby’s medical condition and previous criminal history before making a judgement.
She said she also expected to see an ‘exit plan’ for Lazenby when he does ‘eventually get released’, adding ‘I don’t know when that will be’.
The Australian singer, best known as the frontman of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, was first struck by tragedy in July 2015 when Arthur (pictured) fell 60ft to his death from a cliff in Ovingdean, near Brighton
Jethro had roles in 2007 film Corroboree and 2011’s My Little Princess – starring Isabelle Huppert – but suffered from personal problems for some years after struggling with his mental health.
In 2012, Lazenby told the Evening Standard that his relationship with his father was strained. He had been born just 10 days before Cave’s second son Luke.
Despite using his father’s name to drive his own modelling career, Lazenby said he didn’t meet Cave until he was seven.
The Australian singer, best known as the front man of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, was first struck by tragedy in July 2015 when Arthur fell 60ft to his death from a cliff in Ovingdean, near Brighton.
The 15-year-old, described by his family as a ‘beautiful, happy, loving boy’, had been taking the hallucinogenic drug LSD, an inquest later heard.
Cave has two other sons, Luke, 30, from his first marriage to Brazilian journalist Viviane Carneiro, and Earl, 21, from his marriage to Susie Bick, who he wed in 1991.
Source: Daily Mail