Gable Tostee spent last night free from bail restrictions for the first time in 2 years, after he was found not guilty of killing his New Zealand Tinder date.
Tostee, 30, was acquitted by a Brisbane Supreme Court jury of the murder and manslaughter of Kiwi tourist Warriena Wright, after four days of deliberations.
The 26-year-old fell to her death in the early hours of August 8, 2014, while attempting to climb down from the balcony of Mr Tostee’s 14th floor Surfers Paradise apartment.
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Audio recording Mr Tostee made on his mobile phone was used as key evidence during his trial, which captured the struggle between the pair and Ms Wright’s eventual death.
It was heard Mr Tostee put Ms Wright out on his balcony and locked the door after she attacked him with rocks and a metal telescope clamp.
A verdict was reached on the fourth afternoon of deliberations, however the case faced a possible mistrial when it was discovered a juror had been posting about the case on her Instagram account.
An application for a mistrial from Mr Tostee’s lawyers was rejected by Justice John Byrne, but he did scold her anonymously following the verdict.