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19yo man faces court charged with murder over death of Darwin bottle shop worker Declan Laverty

A crime scene was still in place at the business this morning. (ABC News: Kyle Dowling)

A 19-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the alleged murder of a bottle shop worker in Darwin.

Declan Laverty, 20, died after he was allegedly stabbed at the Airport Tavern's BWS Drive through store in the Darwin suburb of Jingili about 9pm Sunday.

Emergency services attended and tried to save him, but he was declared dead at the scene.

Keith Kerinauia, 19, has been charged with murder, aggravated robbery and breach of bail in relation to Mr Laverty's death.

NT Police say Declan Laverty suffered multiple stab wounds. (Supplied)

Dressed in an orange prison jumper, he fronted the Darwin Local Court this morning and did not make an application for bail.

In court, Crown prosecutor Marty Aust asked for a separate, unrelated charge against Mr Kerinauia to be joined to the new court file.

"There's an allegation of an aggravated assault involving a bladed weapon, so for obvious reasons it might be relevant," Mr Aust said.

Mr Kerinauia was not required to enter a plea and remains in custody.

His matter will return to court on May 24 for preliminary mention.

Keith Kerinauia did not apply for bail and remains in custody. (ABC News: Michael Donnelly)

Northern Territory Police have also charged three other people who were allegedly involved in separate but connected incidents earlier on Sunday night. 

Two boys, aged 15 and 16, have been charged with aggravated robbery over two alleged thefts in Karama and Rapid Creek.

They are being held on remand and are due to face court today.

A 17-year-old boy has also been charged with aggravated robbery in relation to the Rapid Creek incident.

He has been released on bail and is expected to appear in court on April 17.

NT Police allege the Karama and Rapid Creek incidents involved the same vehicle and some of the same people.

The police investigation is ongoing.

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