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Two Australian men to appear in court over murder of Irish teenager

Two men are to appear in court on Wednesday after being charged with the murder of 19-year-old Irish teenager ‘Cian English’. Originally from Bullock Park, Carlow Town, Cian was living in the suburb of Hawthorne where he fell from a fourth-floor balcony at the View Pacific resort in Surfers Paradise on the 23rd of May last year.

The teenager was living with his parents Siobhan and Vinny along with his older brother Dylan after they settled in the Australian city of Brisbane ten years ago.

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The incident, which took place in the early hours of the morning, occurred when Cian was trying to escape from a group of people who attempted to rob him at knifepoint following an apartment party.

Five people, three men and two teenage girls were charged in connection to his murder. It has been alleged that the three men were under the influence of drugs at the time of the murder as when police arrived at the scene, they found four people in varying degrees of consciousness after overdosing on prescription medication.

Two of the accused men Hayden Paul Kratzmann (20) and Lachlan Paul Soper-Lagas (18) are to appear before Southport Magistrates Court on the 15th of June while Jason Ryan Knowles (22) will appear before the same court on the 30th of September.

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All five of them, including the two teenage girls, have also been charged with stealing, robbery, torture and deprivation of liberty and will appear before Southport Magistrates Court in Queensland.

Cian along with one of his friends joined the accused in the belief that they were going to a house party and were viciously assaulted, according to police.

Speaking on 9 News in Australia last year, Detective Inspector Brendan Smith of Queensland Police stated that video footage obtained from the phones of some of the accused revealed that there was no remorse.

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