Gold Coast police have charged three men with murder over the death of a 19-year-old man in Surfers Paradise on Saturday morning.
- Police allege Cian English, 19, and his friend were victims of an armed robbery before he fell from a Surfers Paradise balcony
- Three men were arrested overnight and charged
- Mr English’s family said they are “devastated”
Police were called to an apartment complex around 3:15am on Saturday where the body of Brisbane man Cian English was found at the base of the building.
They allege that, prior to his death, a group of people from one unit went to another unit armed with a knife, and a robbery occurred.
Three men, aged 18, 20 and 22, were arrested overnight and have all been charged with one count of murder and two counts of armed robbery.
One man, 18, is expected to appear in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court tomorrow while the two others are due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow.
Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith said police would allege two groups of people had been staying at the hotel, having a party, when one group approached the others’ room.
“[It’s alleged] the three main offenders robbed the victim and his friend at knifepoint,” he said.
“And during the course of that, the victim has attempted to escape and gone over the balcony and died.
“Investigators have spoken with the family and they’re just shattered.”
In a statement released to the media, Mr English’s family said they were “devastated by this tragedy and respectfully ask for privacy as the police investigation into the circumstances continues”.
Police said a number of people at the party had taken prescription drugs, allegedly stolen from chemists.
Detective Superintendent Smith said the three men charged were known to police.
“We’re looking at [the trio’s] links to a series of break and enters on the northern end of the Gold Coast,” he said.
“The [alleged] robbery related to a phone and some clothing.
“I think young people today need to understand there are serious consequences if you’re going to take a knife anywhere, or be involved in this sort of behaviour.
“Our priority is on the solving of this serious and vicious crime.”