Friday 23 June 2017

Man found not guilty of murdering woman he met on Tinder date

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
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

An Australian man has been found not guilty of murder, following the death of a New Zealand tourist who fell from his apartment balcony.

Gable Tostee (30) was accused of intimidating Warriena Wright so much as to cause here to scale his balcony to escape after the pair met on dating app Tinder

Prosecutors claimed she fell 14 floors while trying to escape an argument in the city of Gold Coast in 2014.

During a week-long trial, the defence described this as nonsense, arguing Mr Tostee, who declined to give evidence, had merely tried to stop further attacks from his erratic and violent house guest by locking her outside.

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'

Jurors rejected the crown's case and agreed with Mr Tostee.

Mr Tostee's parents gasped and cried when the not guilty verdict was delivered.

ABC Australia is reporting that outside court, Mr Tostee's lawyer Nick Dore said his client was very happy with the result.

"He's relieved this matter is now behind him and he's looking forward to moving on with his life," Mr Dore said as Mr Tostee stood silently by his side.

"He thanks all those people who have supported him through this and realises just how tragic this has been for many people.

"At this stage, he's looking forward to putting it behind him and considering his future from here."

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