Qld Supreme Court hears startling allegations in Tostee murder trial

UPDATE @ October 14, 10.45am: Gable Tostee has refused to testify on day five of his murder trial in the Brisbane Supreme Court.

The 30-year-old has pleaded not guilty to murdering Warriena Wright, the New Zealand tourist who plunged to her death from the balcony of Tostee’s Surfers Paradise apartment in August 2014.

In the prosecutor’s closing submission this morning, the jury was told that Ms Wright was so terrified of Tostee that she tried to escape him by climbing onto the balcony below.


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Prosecutor Glen Cash asked the jurors to consider what “abject terror” would drive someone to carry out such a dangerous manouvre.

“He has caused her death as much as if he had pushed her from the balcony himself,” the prosecutor said.

The trial continues.

EARLIER @ October 13, 10.30am: The prosecution has wrapped up its case against Gable Tostee in the Brisbane Supreme Court after hearing from the pathologist who performed Warriena Wright’s autopsy.

Dr Dianne Little confirmed Ms Wright suffered 80 different injuries to her body after falling 14 floors to her death from Tostee’s Surfers Paradise unit back in November of 2014.

Dr Little admitted the injuries were so severe it was hard to tell the New Zealand tourist’s height.

There had been allegations throughout the trial that Tostee has choked Ms Wright before her fall but Dr Little did not agree with those claims.

She admitted Ms Wright has red marks on her neck, but they were more likely from the position of body rather than injury.

Saul Holt QC asked Dr Little to confirm her examination included a search for evidence of strangulation.

Dr Little said there was “not a single sign of that.”

“A muscle injury to neck is the most common sign of strangulation and there was no sign of that,” she said.

It was also revealed that Ms Wright had multiple scars on her body, including on her wrists and right thigh.

Dr Little said they appeared to be old scars.

She also confirmed Warriena Wright had a blood alcohol reading of 0.156 at the time of her death.

The Crown has now closed its case and the jury has been discharged until tomorrow while legal argument takes place.

UPDATE @ October 13, 7.30am: The prosecution’s case against Gable Tostee is expected to wrap up today, with their final witness due to take to the stand in Brisbane’s Supreme Court.

A pathologist is expected to present evidence to the jury, detailing the injuries that Warriena Wright sustained on the night she plunged to her death from Tostee’s balcony.

The 30-year-old has pleaded not guilty to murdering the New Zealand tourist, who he had met on Tinder.

In court yesterday, the jury were shown conversations between the pair which included messages from Tostee that read: “You look delicious, I want to do dirty things to you” and “Can you be a freak in the sheets Cletes?”.

CCTV footage showing the moment the two met for the first time on a street in Surfers Paradise was also played, with they jury also being presented with ‘seflie’ images of the pair, which were snapped just hours before Ms Wrights death.

The court heard the pair had been drinking heavily in Tostee’s apartment before a fight broke out, with Tostee locking Ms Wright out on his balcony.

The prosecutor told the jury of six men and six women, that Tostee did not push Ms Wright off the balcony, however intimidated her so badly that she thought she had no other choice but to try to climb down the side of the building and escape.

In the hour after Ms Wright plunged from the balcony, the jury was shown CCTV of Tostee walking around Surfers Paradise, eating pizza before calling his father to come pick him up.

The trial continues.

EARLIER @ October 12, 11.30am: Gable Tostee’s murder trial has resumed for its third day in the Brisbane Supreme Court.

The 30-year-old has pleaded not guilty to murdering Warriena Wright, the New Zealand tourist who plunged to her death from the balcony of Tostee’s Surfers Paradise apartment in August 2014.

Ms Wright’s final movements were played to the jury in court today, with CCTV showing the moment the pair met for the first time on a street in Cavill Avenue.

The new CCTV comes just a day after the jury heard the harrowing screams of Ms Wright, which were captured on an audio recording on Tostee’s phone.

In the audio, Ms Wright can be heard screaming “no, no, no” before pleading for Tostee to let her go home.

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The court heard the pair had been drinking heavily in Tostee’s apartment before a fight broke out, with Tostee locking Ms Wright out on his balcony.

The prosecutor told the jury of six men and six women, that Tostee did not push Ms Wright off the balcony, however intimidated her so badly that she thought she had no other choice but to try to climb down the side of the building and escape.

In the hour after Ms Wright plunged from the balcony, the jury was shown CCTV of Tostee walking around Surfers Paradise, eating pizza before calling his father to come pick him up.

Several ‘selfie’ images of the pair, which were taken on the same night, were also shown to the jury.

The trial, which involves 22 witnesses, is expected to go for just over a week.

EARLIER @ October 10, 3.40pm: The murder trial for Gable Tostee is well underway, with the Brisbane Supreme court hearing startling allegations about the night New Zealand tourist Warriena Wright plunged to her death.

The 30-year-old today pleaded not guilty to murdering Ms Wright.

The court heard the 26-year-old feared for her life before plunging from the balcony of Tostee’s Surfers Paradise apartment in August 2014.

The prosecutor told the jury of six men and six women, that Tostee did not push Ms Wright off the balcony, however intimidated her so badly that she thought she had no other choice but to try to climb down the side of the building and escape.

An audio recording of the night, which was made on Tostee’s phone, was also played with the court being told the noises were consistent with someone being choked.

Tostee’s lawyer hit back at the claims, stating his client acted in self defence after Ms Wright became “increasingly erratic”.

The trial, which involves 22 witnesses, is expected to go for just over a week.

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The trial continues.