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Rapper among trio accused of Irish teen's murder

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Hayden Paul Kratzmann (20)

Hayden Paul Kratzmann (20)

Hayden Paul Kratzmann (20)

A young man accused of murdering Irish teenager Cian English in Australia had an amateur rap career under the name 'Kratzy'.

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has described the incident which resulted in Mr English falling to his death in Surfer's Paradise as "absolutely awful".

Mr English, originally from Carlow town but who was living with his family in Hawthorne, in Brisbane's eastern suburbs, suffered traumatic injuries when he fell from a balcony at the View Pacific resort at around 3.15am on Saturday.

Three men have been charged with his murder, along with two charges of armed robbery and two counts of deprivation of liberty, on the Gold Coast located 74km away from Brisbane.

Ms Palaszczuk said: "It is tragic…very concerning, and there is a family that is grieving. It's awful, absolutely awful. I just urge everyone, especially young people, to please be safe."

Jason Ryan Knowles (22), Hayden Paul Kratzmann (20), and Lachlan Paul Soper-Lagas (18) have been remanded in custody.

Their cases have been adjourned for mention on August 4.

Kratzmann, from the Brisbane suburb of Caboolutre, posted more than a dozen rap videos on his Facebook page.

The trio, who allegedly used drugs together, are believed to have invited Mr English and a friend to an apartment in the same accommodation block they were staying in.

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The party turned sour and the three men allegedly threatened Mr English and his friend at knife-point, demanding phones, clothing and footwear.

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Tragic Cian English

Tragic Cian English

Tragic Cian English

Police have said that a girl who tagged along with the accused men is believed to have filmed the alleged assault.

Authorities are investigating if the incident is linked to break-ins at Gold Coast chemists.

Mr English's parents Vinnie and Siobhan, who are both originally from Carlow town, and his older brother Dylan (24) are being comforted by friends and family members who have travelled over from Ireland.

A post-mortem examination has been carried out on Mr English's body.

Once his remains are released by the police authorities a funeral for Mr English, who has been described as a "gentle soul", can be organised.

As of yet, it remains unclear, if his body will be repatriated back to Carlow.


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