Thu. May 19th, 2022

A man accused of killing a teenager in Brisbane who died after falling from a Gold Coast balcony told police he “lost his mind” after being arrested, a court has heard.

Lachlan Paul Soper-Lagas, Hayden Paul Kratzmann and another person who was young at the time of the infringement and cannot be named for legal reasons faced a binding hearing in Southport Magistrates Court today on Cian English’s death in 2020.

The group has been charged with a number of offenses, including the murder, deprivation of liberty and torture of the 19-year-old.

Mr English was staying at View Pacific Resort in Surfers Paradise last May with a group of friends when he fell about four floors to his death.

Police have claimed he fell while fleeing a violent armed robbery.

Police allege that before his death, Mr English met with another group, which included Mr Kratzmann and Mr Soper-Lagas, who lived in the apartment above.

The two groups are believed to have walked back and forth between the two apartments during the night.

‘Scattered’ less

A number of people who were in the apartment when Mr English died told the court that a cocktail of illegal and prescription drugs and alcohol was consumed in the hours leading up to the alleged murder, including Xanax, MDMA, cannabis, vodka and Rikodeine.

“While [the second group of people] was [in the apartment] it was all good mood, ”a witness told police in a statement the court heard.

Two witnesses told the court they ended up in the hospital because they were so drunk and had a “scattered” memory of the evening’s events.

“We’re talking about a year and a half ago,” a witness said.

“I try not to think about it at all.”

‘Losing sense’

The court heard when Mr. Kratzmann was told he was being questioned over Mr. England murder, and said to police: “I’m losing my mind, I’ve been off my medicine for a few days”.

A teenage boy smiles after a photo.
Police told the court that they believed the accused killer from Cian English was suitable to be interviewed.(

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The court heard he told police he was suffering from schizophrenia and had not taken his medication for five days.

In court, Mr. Kratzmann’s defense attorney Tim Ryan asked the police officers involved why they continued the interview with the man who seemed angry or had reduced capacity.

Both detectives present during the interview said in court that they believed Kratzmann had the mental capacity to be interviewed.

“At the time we asked the questions, I was satisfied that the defendant was not under the influence of medication and did not suffer from mental health issues,” said Detective Senior Constable Jason Sheldon.

Senior Constable Senior Constable Shane Fry said he thought the phrase “losing my mind” was a “speech figure”.

“I did not think your client’s capacity was deteriorating,” he told Ryan.

The commitment meetings for Kratzmann and Soper-Lagas have been postponed to 15 February.

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