Video of alleged Gold Coast robbery and murder ‘circulates on social media’.
A disturbing video posted on social media after a teenager plunged to his death from a Gold Coast balcony could hold vital clues in a murder investigation.
Three men, aged 18, 20 and 22, have been charged with the murder of Brisbane teen Cian English, after his body was found at the foot of a building early on Saturday morning.
Mr English was trying to escape being robbed at knifepoint when he fell, police will allege.
A 16-year-old girl, who was with the trio charged with the murder, is understood to have filmed some of the events leading up to Mr English’s death.
The video is understood to show a knife being allegedly held to someone’s throat.Officers were called to the foot of the View Avenue building at Surfers Paradise about 3.15am on Saturday after a passer-by found the teenager’s body.Police then found a group of teens in one of the units above.
Four were semi-conscious after taking prescription drugs, which police believe were stolen from Gold Coast chemist shops last week.
Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith said yesterday that police will allege the three men tried to rob Mr English and a friend at knifepoint.”During the course of that the victim has attempted to escape and has gone over the balcony and died,” Det. Supt Smith said.The two groups of people were staying in separate units in the Surfers Paradise building.
Mr English’s family has issued a statement asking for privacy.”Our family is devastated by this tragedy and respectfully ask for privacy as the police investigation into the circumstances continues,” the statement said.
The three men have each been charged with one count of murder and two counts of armed robbery.The 18-year-old is expected to appear in Beenleigh Magistrates Court and the other two men in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today.
Earlier on Saturday night two 16-year-old boys believed to be from the same group were arrested between View Avenue and the Esplanade for allegedly possessing prescription drugs.