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Men charged with Cian English murder in Australia used stolen drugs in killing

Cian English suffered traumatic injuries after jumping from a fourth-floor balcony at the View Pacific resort in Surfers Paradise at around 3.15am on Saturday, May 23, 2020.
Cian English died on May 23, 2020, when falling four storeys while trying to flee an alleged armed robbery.

Cian English died on May 23, 2020, when falling four storeys while trying to flee an alleged armed robbery.

Neasa Cumiskey

Two men charged with the murder of Carlow native Cian English in Australia two years ago allegedly broke into a public health service building to steal drugs that police believe were later used in the killing.

Cian English (19), who was originally from Bullock Park, on the edge of Carlow Town, had been living with his parents Siobhan and Vinny and older brother Dylan in the eastern Brisbane suburb of Hawthorne.

He suffered traumatic injuries after jumping from a fourth-floor balcony at the View Pacific resort in Surfers Paradise at around 3.15am on Saturday, May 23, 2020.

Mr English plunged to his death while trying to escape an alleged robbery at knifepoint, ABC News reports.

On Friday, Lachlan Paul Soper-Lagas (21), Hayden Paul Kratzmann (21), and another person who was a juvenile at the time of the offending and cannot be named for legal reasons, were ordered by the Southport Magistrates Court to stand trial in the Queensland Supreme Court on charges including murder, torture, and deprivation of liberty.

They have not been required to enter pleas to the charges.

Magistrate Mark Howden heard that the group had allegedly engaged torture and deprivation of liberty of Mr English with the intention of robbing him to “teach him a lesson.”

The committal hearing heard that the juvenile had allegedly “supported and intentionally encouraged” the torture of Mr English the night he died.

Police allege that prior to his death, Mr English bonded with another group, which included Mr Soper-Lagas and Mr Kratzmann, who were staying in the apartment above his. Both apartments were frequented throughout the night.

The court was told that Mr Kratzmann and Mr Soper-Lagas had allegedly broken into a Queensland Health building at Nerang on the night of May 23, 2020, where they stole drugs that were allegedly used in the murder.

The stolen drugs were allegedly found at the unit where Mr English fell from the fourth-floor balcony to his death.

The group were also charged with the robbery of a different person, torture and deprivation of another and stealing a belt, wallet, and AirPods from a man.

They will face the Supreme Court in Queensland at a date to be fixed. Meanwhile, Mr Soper-Lagas remains on bail.

Two female minors, whose names have not been released for legal reasons, are also charged with the Mr English's murder.

Police allege that the two girls filmed the beating, stabbing, and fatal fall, and subsequently shared videos of the incident on social media.


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