Three men have been charged with murder after they crashed a drug-fuelled party where a teenage boy fell from a balcony to his death.
Cian English, 19, fell to his death from the balcony on the fourth storey of the View Pacific resort in Surfers Paradise at around 3am on Saturday.
Police allege three men, aged 18, 20 and 22, stormed the unit carrying a knife and robbed guests in the building prior to Mr English’s death.
The trio were arrested overnight and all charged with one count of murder and two counts of armed robbery.
The 18-year-old is due to appear in Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Monday while the other two men will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.
Cian English, 19, fell to his death from the fourth storey of the View Pacific apartment around 3am on Saturday
Investigations into the incident are ongoing.
Four other teenagers aged between 16 and 19 were found in the apartment in varying states of consciousness and were taken to Robina Hospital for treatment for drug overdoses.
A woman said she had seen the tragic night unfold via video footage on Instagram and Snapchat.
‘The videos I have seen, they are sickening and so very sad,’ she told the Courier-Mail.
‘It’s not in the best interest of this poor boy’s family to see him like that.’
A passer-by discovered Mr English’s lifeless body on the pavement before calling emergency services who later found a stash of drugs inside the unit.
Four other teenagers were taken to hospital to be treated for drug overdoses following the wild party
Paramedics tried to perform CPR on the 19-year-old, who was from Hawthorne in Brisbane’s eastern suburbs – but they were too late.
Two other 16-year-old boys, believed to be a part of the group, were arrested at around 2.20am between View Avenue and the Esplanade for possessing prescription drugs.
They were also treated by paramedics for showing symptoms associated with drugs.
One party guest told Nine News they left the gathering when someone started waving a knife around and after noticing ice pipes in the apartment.
Up to 12 people were believed to have been at the party which ultimately resulted in the death of Mr English
A total of seven people were found in the unit and four taken to hospital in stable conditions. Up to 12 people were believed to be at the party.
Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) Senior Operations Supervisor Neil Stead said the teen had ‘traumatic injuries’.
The drugs involved were reportedly diazepam or Valium.
‘There was some kind of drugs involved in this situation which caused the incident to occur. Drugs are simply not safe. Even prescribed drugs taken the wrong way are not safe,’ Mr Stead said.
‘No one wants a deceased person, whether they are young or old.
‘Especially a young male who has got his life ahead of him, to have it cut off like this.’
The emergency crews that tried to resuscitate Mr English have since been given welfare checks due to the traumatic incident.
More to come.
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