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Three face murder charges after Brisbane teen's fatal balcony fall


Three men accused of murder over a teenager’s fatal fall from the fourth floor of a Gold Coast building during an alleged robbery have been remanded in custody.

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Jason Ryan Knowles, 22, Hayden Paul Kratzmann, 20, and Lachlan Paul Soper-Lagas, 18, were not required to appear in court on Monday following the death of Cian English, 19, on Saturday.

Mr English’s body was found about 3.15am by a passer-by at the foot of the View Avenue building at Surfers Paradise.

Police say the teenager was trying to escape being robbed by the three men at knifepoint when he fell to his death.

Knowles and Kratzmann’s cases were briefly mentioned in Brisbane Magistrates Court, where they were adjourned for a committal call over in Southport Magistrates Court on August 4.

Soper-Lagas’s case was mentioned in Beenleigh Magistrate’s Court. It was adjourned to be re-mentioned on Tuesday in the same court.

All three men are also charged with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of deprivation of liberty.

Mr English’s family issued a statement on Sunday asking for privacy.

“Our family is devastated by this tragedy and respectfully ask for privacy as the police investigation into the circumstances continues,” the family said.


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