Monday 27 February 2017

'I didn't want to have to remember her like that' - Mum of victim in deadly Tinder date hears her daughter's chilling last words

Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

When Warriena Wright, right, first issued the cry, Gable Tostee, left, responded: 'I would, but you have been a bad girl'
When Warriena Wright, right, first issued the cry, Gable Tostee, left, responded: 'I would, but you have been a bad girl'

The devastated mother of a girl who jumped to her death during a Tinder date heard her daughter's chilling last words in court.

Warriena Wright (26) plunged to her death from a 14th floor balcony because she was so intimidated by a Tinder date, an Australian court heard.

Gable Tostee is accused of killing Ms Wright after they met for the first time through Tinder and went back to his apartment.

Ms Wright allegedly fell to her death in fear and was attempting to climb from a balcony when she slipped.

Marzabeth Tagpuno Wright was distraught outside the Brisbane Supreme Court after she heard the tape of her daughter yelling, “No, no no” — just before she plunged 14 stories to her death from Gable Tostee’s 14th-floor balcony at his posh Gold Coast apartment in Australia, the Courier Mail said.

“I did not want to hear my daughter screaming, ‘No, no, no,’” the mom said in a statement. “I did not want to have to remember her like that,” she said. “When this is over, I will go back to New Zealand and I want to be left alone.”

Gable Tostee and Warriena Wright in his apartment just hours before she fell to her death. Picture:Supplied by Queensland Supreme CourtSource
Gable Tostee and Warriena Wright in his apartment just hours before she fell to her death. Picture:Supplied by Queensland Supreme CourtSource

She said the media has made her time in Australia “the most saddest, hardest trip I have ever had to endure.”

The pair had made contact on Tinder six days before the incident and had agreed to meet at a surf shop in a busy nightclub district near Tostee’s apartment in Surfers Paradise, a popular beachside holiday destination.

They met at 8.45pm on February 7, 2014, and bought beer before returning to Tostee’s apartment, where they were recorded talking about God, ninjas and the film Forrest Gump.

Glen Cash, the prosecutor, told the Supreme Court in Brisbane that they had engaged in drinking and had been intimate before altercation took place early on the Friday morning.

During the audio recording played to the court, Ms Wright could be heard asking to leave several times but the pair continued to drink and talk.

At one point, she told him: “Are you going to f---ing untie me because I will f---ing destroy your jaw."

Warriena Wright was so intimidated by her Tinder date that she plunged to her death from his balcony while trying to escape
Warriena Wright was so intimidated by her Tinder date that she plunged to her death from his balcony while trying to escape

He is heard to say: "I should have never given you so much to drink... You're not going to collect any belongings, you're just going to walk out. If you try to pull anything I'll knock you out, I'll knock you the f--- out. Do you understand?"

Mr Cash said the prosecution was not alleging that Tostee had thrown or pushed Ms Wright but that he threatened her and left her with no other choice but to try to escape by climbing down from the locked balcony.

The accused has pleaded not guilty and denied strangling Ms Wright, insisting that he restrained her in self-defence.

His lawyer Saul Holt QC claimed that Ms Wright, who was visiting Australia for a two-week holiday, became violent and threw decorative rocks at him as well as hitting him with a clamp from a telescope.

"What happened in this case is nothing like murder or manslaughter, it doesn't fit," Mr Holt told the court.

"She is outside, he is inside and he has caused a locked door to be between the two of them.”

Gabriele Collyer-Wiedner, a retiree who lived in the apartment below Tostee’s, claims she was woken be the sound of banging furniture at 2am.

She said she could see a pair of feet  dangling from the balcony above.

"Legs came down and dangled in the air," she told the court.

"I froze there, then the body fell on my balcony railing. I screamed and somebody else screamed, I assumed it was her voice.”

Following Ms Wright’s fall to the driveway below, Tostee attempted to call his lawyer and then called his father.

“She kept beating me up and whatever," he could be heard telling his father in the audio recording.

"I forced her out onto the balcony and I think she might have jumped off."

The case continues on today and further extracts of the audio recording are due to be played to the jury.

Online Editors

Read More

Promoted articles

Editors Choice

Also in World News