A teenager who fell from the Gold Coast balcony reportedly would run after armed robbers stole his phone
Three young men accused of murdering a teenager who had died from a balcony allegedly attacked him for stealing his phone.
19-year-old Cian English fell on a fourth-floor balcony at the View Pacific resort in Surfers Paradise on Saturday around 3 a.m. as he attempted to escape a “ vicious attack, ” police say.
Detectives say he was on the run from three men aged 18, 20 and 22, who allegedly stormed the unit in which he was partying with friends while carrying a knife.
Detective Brendan Smith said that both English and one of his friends were brutally attacked and “robbed at the tip of the knife” by the three men.
Cian English, 19, (right) died from a Surfers Paradise balcony after allegedly brutally attacked by three men
Three men have been charged with murdering the teenager after falling from the fourth floor of the resort
The trio stayed in another unit in the apartment complex and had communicated with Mr English’s party all evening, police said.
But relationships would reportedly sour as the night wore on, and both groups became addicted to drugs, eventually turning things violent between the two sides.
The robbers are said to have asked for Mr. English’s phone and also attempted to steal clothes from him and his friends.
“What we claim is … the three main perpetrators robbed the victim and his friend at the tip of the knife, and in the course of this, the victim attempted to escape and went over the balcony and died,” said Detective Smith.
The other alleged victim escaped safely from the complex.
Police believe that at both events, guests “used some illicit drugs” before things got out of hand.
Investigators said Mr English was on the run from three men aged 18, 20 and 22 who reportedly stormed the unit he was partying in
“We believe that … all persons in the building were under the influence of drugs at the time,” said Detective Smith.
After Mr. English’s body was discovered, four other teens, ages 16 to 19, were found in the apartment in various states of consciousness and taken to Robina Hospital for drug overdose treatment.
Police claim that some people who attended the party are responsible for a series of interruptions and that they enter pharmacists on the Gold Coast where prescription drugs were stolen from the property.
Mr English pictured on the left. After his body was discovered, four other teens in various states of consciousness were found in the apartment and taken to hospital for drug overdose treatment
“Given the circumstances, the consequences of the robbery, and the threats to the victim … the three perpetrators have been charged with murder,” said Detective Smith.
The 18-year-old appears in Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Monday, while the other two men appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.
A woman said she had seen the tragic night happen through video footage on Instagram and Snapchat.
“The videos I’ve seen are nauseating and so sad,” she told the Courier post.
“It is not in the interest of this poor boy’s family to see him like this.”
Four other teens were taken to the hospital to be treated for a drug overdose after the wild party
A passer-by discovered Mr. English’s lifeless body on the doorstep before calling the emergency services, who later found the supply of drugs in the unit.
Paramedics attempted CPR on the 19-year-old, who hailed from Hawthorne in the eastern suburbs of Brisbane – but they were late.
Two other 16-year-old boys, believed to be part of the group, were arrested at 2:20 am between View Avenue and the Esplanade for possession of prescription drugs.
They were also treated by paramedics for showing symptoms related to drug use.
A party guest told it Nine news they left the meeting when someone started waving a knife and noticed ice pipes in the apartment.
In total, seven people were found in the ward and four were taken to hospital under stable conditions. Police believe up to 12 people may have attended the party.
There were reportedly 12 people at the party, which eventually resulted in the death of Mr English
Neil Stead, Senior Operations Supervisor of Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS), said the teenager had “traumatic injuries.”
The drugs involved were said to be Diazepam or Valium.
“There was some kind of drug involved in this situation that caused the incident. Drugs are simply not safe. Even prescription medications taken in the wrong way are not safe, “Stead said.
“Nobody wants a deceased person, whether they are young or old.
“Especially a young man who still has his life ahead of him to cut it off.”
The emergency teams that tried to resuscitate Mr. English have since been given a welfare check because of the traumatic incident.
Investigation into the incident is ongoing.