Five to face trial for murder of Carlow teen in Australia

Tuesday, February 23
Newsdesk


Five people charged with the murder of an Irish teenager in Australia have been remanded in custody until their trial date is set.

19-year-old Cian English died after he fell from a fourth floor at the View Pacific resort in Brisbane in May last year.

Originally from Bullock Park in Carlow Town, Cian was living with his parents Siobhan and Vinny and older brother Dylan since the family left Ireland 16 years ago.

The five in custody, including two teenage girls, appeared before the Australian court yesterday.

Cian fell to his death when he was being robbed at knife point following a party where it is alleged three men, already charged with his murder, were high on prescription drugs. 

All five are charged with murder, stealing, robbery, torture and deprivation of liberty. 

The teenager’s ashes were laid to rest, in St Mary’s cemetery, Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow, last June.

The three men allegedly invited Cian and his friends to their apartment but later held a knife to his throat as they demanded he and the friend hand over their phones.

The two girls police allege, filmed the beating, stabbing and fatal fall of Mr English subsequently posting video of the events on social media.