Three men charged with murder of Carlow man in Australia

Cian English (19) fell to his death from fourth storey of an apartment on the Gold Coast

Cian English: died after falling from a balcony on Australia’s Gold Coast.

Cian English: died after falling from a balcony on Australia’s Gold Coast.

 

An Irish teenager who fell to his death from the fourth storey of an apartment on Australia’s Gold Coast was trying to escape being robbed at knife-point, police say.

Three men, aged 18, 20 and 22, have been charged with murdering Cian English (19) who was originally from Carlow.

Officers were called to the foot of the View Avenue building at Surfers Paradise about 3.15am on Saturday after a passerby found the teenager’s body

Police then found a group of teens in one of the units above. Four were semi-conscious after taking prescription drugs which police believe were stolen from Gold Coast chemist shops.

Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith said police will allege three men tried to rob Mr English and a friend at knife-point.

Supt Smith said: “During the course of that the victim has attempted to escape and has gone over the balcony and died.”

The two groups of people were staying in separate units in the building.

The three men who were arrested have each been charged with one count of murder and two counts of armed robbery.

The 18-year-old will appear at Beenleigh magistrates court and the other two men are due to appear at Brisbane magistrates court on Monday.

Mr English moved to Australia several years ago with his family.

His family issued a statement on Sunday asking for privacy. “Our family is devastated by this tragedy and respectfully ask for privacy as the police investigation into the circumstances continues,” it said.