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Three men charged with the murder of Irish teen Cian after death plunge


The View Pacific Resort in Surfer’s Paradise, where Carlow teen Cian English was killed

The View Pacific Resort in Surfer’s Paradise, where Carlow teen Cian English was killed

The View Pacific Resort in Surfer’s Paradise, where Carlow teen Cian English was killed

A teenager and two young men have been charged with the murder of an Irish teen who died after suffering horrific injuries in Australia over the weekend.

Cian English (19), originally from Carlow town but who was living with his family in Brisbane's eastern suburbs, suffered traumatic injuries when he fell from a balcony at the View Pacific Resort in Surfers Paradise.

It was initially thought that the young man had died in a tragic fall but later it emerged that he fell trying to escape the men who had been staying in a unit above his.


It is understood that a video of the beating the young man received is being circulated on the social media platform Snapchat.

Two men and a teenager have been charged with his murder and two of them with armed robbery on the Gold Coast - 74kms from Brisbane.

The trio charged with the murder of Mr English had their cases mentioned in court for the first time yesterday.

The accused - Jason Ryan Knowles (22), Hayden Paul Kratzmann (20) and Lachlan Paul Soper-Lagas (18) - were not required to appear in court.

Mr Soper-Lagas did not appear via video link in Beenleigh Magistrates Court yesterday when his charges - one count of murder, two counts of armed robbery and two of deprivation of liberty - were briefly mentioned. His case will be mentioned again today.

Mr Kratzmann's and Mr Knowles's cases were briefly mentioned at Brisbane Magistrates Court, where they were adjourned for a committal call at Southport Magistrates Court on August 4.

Police allege the teenager was trying to escape being robbed by the three men at knifepoint, for his clothes and footwear, when he fell to his death.


Cian English

Cian English

Cian English

He had been at the Gold Coast with a friend who was also assaulted.

Gold Coast Police were called to an apartment complex at Surfers Paradise at 3.15am on Saturday where Mr English's body was found.

The teenager moved to Brisbane around eight years ago with his parents Siobhan Webster, originally from the Tullow Road, Carlow town, and Vincent English, from Mortarstown, Kilkenny Road, Carlow, and older brother Dylan.

The young man's late grandfather John English, who was originally from Wexford, was well known for his hurling prowess and worked in various local authority departments.

Mr English's father Vincent worked as an accountant for several years before the family moved to the Cayman Islands.

He worked for Digicel and is now chief executive and executive director of a company called Megaport.

Mr English's mother Siobhan works at Brisbane Children's Hospital, while Dylan also works at Megaport.

Carlow Town Hurling Club said: "Committee, members and supporters of Carlow Town Hurling and Camogie Club would like to extend its sincere and heartfelt sympathy to the English and Webster families on the tragic passing of their beloved Cian."

A local politician, who did not wish to be named said: "Both the Webster and English families are the nicest people and absolutely the salt of the earth. The whole town is devastated for them and I know obviously that the families are heartbroken."