Police in Australia have charged three men in connection with the death of a 19-year-old Irishman which occurred early on Saturday morning.

Cian English was originally from Carlow and moved to the Brisbane area with his family a number of years ago.

He was found critically injured at the base of an apartment building in Surfers Paradise in Queensland early yesterday morning.

Emergency services made attempts to revive him but his injuries were too severe and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police allege that a robbery had taken place in one of the building's units, and reports in Australia say that Cian was attempting to escape from a number of assailants when he fell from an upper floor balcony.

His family, originally from Carlow town but living in the Brisbane area for several years, said in a statement that they are devastated, and appealed for privacy.

The three men charged in relation to Cian's death and are due to appear in court in Queensland tomorrow.