Gable Tostee jury to deliberate on verdict

UPDATE @ 12.40pm: A Supreme Court jury has retired to consider its verdict in the murder trial of Gold Coast man Gable Tostee.

The jury can convict or acquit him of murder or the lesser charge of manslaughter.

The 30-year-old has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his Tinder date, New Zealand tourist Warriena Wright, who fell to her death from his 14th floor Surfers Paradise apartment on August 8, 2014.


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EARLIER @ 6.30am: Deliberations on a verdict are expected later this week for the Supreme Court jury in the murder trial of Gold Coast man Gable Tostee.

Justice John Byrne is due to resume his directions to the jury after 9am this morning in Brisbane.

The 30-year-old pleaded not guilty to the murder of his Tinder date, New Zealand tourist Warriena Wright, who fell to her death from his 14th floor Surfers Paradise apartment on August 8, 2014.

It’s not alleged Tostee threw or pushed Ms Wright, but that he intimidated and scared her so much, that she felt her only option was to climb down from the locked balcony.

The court has heard audio recordings Tostee made on his mobile phone that captured sounds of a physical struggle between the pair, and Ms Wright’s death.

Defence barrister for Tostee, Saul Holt, disputed claims his client choked Ms Wright, saying he was “massively drunk” and “out of control”, and that she threw rocks at Tostee.

Mr Holt said Tostee was patient and acted like a gentleman towards the erratic Ms Wright, and was trying to de-escalate the situation by locking her out on the balcony.

He also argued it was not forseeable Ms Wright would try to climb the railing, trying to demonstrate how irrational she was.

In closing submissions on Friday, Prosecutor Glen Cash argued the “tall and muscular” Tostee dominated and taunted the “slight and petite” Ms Wright and was able to hold her down on the ground with his body weight, before choking her.

Court is set to resume in Brisbane shortly.