Three men charged with murder over Gold Coast balcony death

LATEST @ May 24, 1.00 PM | THREE men have been charged with murder following the death of a teenager at an apartment building in Surfers Paradise.

Cian English, from Hawthorne in Brisbane, fell from a balcony on the fourth floor of the View Pacific holiday apartments just after 3am on Saturday.

In the latest development this morning, police now allege that the teenager died while trying to escape a violent robbery.


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“What we will be alleging is there has been two groups of people staying at that accommodation, they have had some interaction and they have gone from room to room and had a party where some illicit drugs have been taken,” Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith told reporters on Sunday.

Police say the drugs involved in the incident were “prescription drugs” believed to have been stolen from chemists on the Gold Coast and Logan.

“During the course of the evening the three main offenders have robbed the victim and his friend at knife-point and during the course of that the victim has attempted to escape and gone over the balcony and died.

“Given the circumstances, the consequences of the robbery and the threats made to the victim put the consequences on those three offenders.”

A member of the public made the grim discovery and alerted emergency crews who rushed to the scene and found the teenager suffering “traumatic injuries” at the base of the building.

Despite desperate attempts by paramedics, the 19-year-old man could not be saved and died at the scene.

Police confirmed three men, aged 18, 20 and 22, who are known to police, were arrested overnight and all charged with one count of murder and two counts of armed robbery.

The 18-year-old is due to appear in Beenleigh Magistrates Court tomorrow while the other two men are expected to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Investigations into the incident are continuing.

EARLIER @ May 24, 6.00 AM | Police are this morning still trying to piece together what led to the death of a teenager, who fell from a balcony in Surfers Paradise.

Cian English, from Hawthorn in Brisbane, fell from a balcony on the fourth floor of the View Pacific holiday apartments just after 3am on Saturday.

A member of the public made the grim discovery after hearing a loud noise and alerted police.

Emergency services rushed to the scene and found the teenager suffering “traumatic injuries”. Despite desperate attempts by paramedics, he could not be saved and died at the scene.

Four other teenagers were hospitalised after they were found in a hotel room in a “semi- conscious state” after consuming prescription drugs.

Detectives are now going through videos that were posted on Snapchat in the lead up to the young man’s death, which appear to be taken from inside the apartment.

QAS Senior Operations Supervisor Neil Stead says it’s an extremely tragic incident and another reminder about the dangers of drugs.

“All we can say is there was some kind of drugs involved in the situation which caused this incident to occur, and like everything, drugs are simply not safe, so basically look after yourself and don’t do drugs, it’s as simple as that.”

A crime scene has been established, with investigations ongoing.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

EARLIER @ May 23, 1.15 PM | A teenage boy has died after falling four-storeys from a balcony, and four other teens have been hospitalised after suffering alleged drug overdoses, in shocking scenes in Surfers Paradise early this morning.

Emergency crews rushed to an apartment building on View Avenue just after 3.15am on Saturday, following reports of a serious fall.

Upon arrival, they found the body of a 19-year-old Brisbane man at the back of the apartment block.

Queensland Ambulance Senior Operations Supervisor Neil Stead said the teen had suffered “quite traumatic injuries”.

“CPR was commenced but it was later called off… He could not be resuscitated and was pronounced dead on scene,” Mr Stead said.

As a result, police attended a unit above where four teenage boys were found in a “semi- conscious state” after consuming prescription drugs.

They were treated on scene by paramedics before being taken to Robina Hospital in stable conditions.

Police also confirmed that about half an hour earlier, around 2.20am, two 16-year-old boys believed to be from the same group were arrested between View Avenue and the Esplanade for possession of prescription drugs.

QAS Senior Operations Supervisor Neil Stead says it’s an extremely tragic incident.

“All we can say is there was some kind of drugs involved in the situation which caused this incident to occur, and like everything, drugs are simply not safe, so basically look after yourself and it sounds a bit basic but don’t do drugs it’s as simple as that.”

He said responding paramedics have since undergone welfare checks.

“I’d just like to express the ambulance’s concerns for the family and friends for the young gentleman who passed away,” he said.

“It was an extremely difficult job for the paramedics… Welfare checks have been conducted on the crew that looked after the young male.”

A crime scene has been established at the apartment block as Gold Coast detectives try to piece together exactly what happened.

Investigations are continuing.

EARLIER @ 7.45 AM | A young man has died after falling from a balcony in Surfers Paradise early this morning.

Paramedics rushed to an apartment building on View Avenue just after 3am, following reports of a serious fall.

It’s not yet known what height the 19-year-old victim, who police say is from Brisbane, has fallen.

There are reports there may have been an altercation inside the unit before the tragedy, however this has not been confirmed by police.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson told myGC a total of seven people were assessed at the scene, with four taken to Robina Hospital in stable conditions.

A crime scene has been established at the apartment, with several people assisting police with enquiries.

There are no further details available at this time.

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Poor young man, absolute tragedy. RIP