Tower murder: How teen allegedly died in fall

 

A TEENAGER at the heart of a murder investigation died falling from a Surfers Paradise tower while trying to escape from a violent robbery in the early hours of Saturday morning, police will allege in court.

Cian English from Hawthorne in Brisbane's eastern suburbs was found suffering traumatic injuries after what was initially thought to be a fall from a balcony at the View Pacific resort in Surfers Paradise just after 3am on Saturday.

The three men, aged 20, 22 and 18 were charged overnight with murder and two counts of armed robbery in company.

The three were from Logan and Brisbane.

Three men charged with murder after tower fall. AAP Image/Richard Gosling
Three men charged with murder after tower fall. AAP Image/Richard Gosling

Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith said police would allege the incident occurred over the robbery of clothes and a mobile phone.

"What we will be alleging is there has been two groups of people staying at that accommodation, they have had some interaction and they have gone from room to room and had a party where some illicit drugs have been taken," he said.

"During the course of the evening the three main offenders have robbed the victim and his friend at knifepoint and in the course of this the victim has attempted to escape and gone over the balcony and died.

Police at the scene where a teen died following a drug-fuelled party. Picture: Jerad Williams
Police at the scene where a teen died following a drug-fuelled party. Picture: Jerad Williams

"Given the circumstances, the consequences of the robbery and the threats made to the victim put the consequences on those three offenders."

The 18-year-old is due to appear in Beenleigh Magistrates Court tomorrow while the other two men are expected to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow.

The resort remains a crime scene today.



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