Tostee jury unable to reach a verdict

UPDATE @ 3.45pm: The jury in the Gable Tostee murder trial have revealed that they are struggling to reach a verdict.

In the Brisbane Supreme Court this afternoon, the six men and six women jury passed a note to the judge stating that they have been unable to reach a unanimous decision and asked Justice Byrne for further direction.

Justice Byrne has now urged the jury to go back into deliberations and try again. They have been told to “take as long as they like.”


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Additional reporting by Shanee Dobeson.

EARLIER@ 12.30pm: The jury in the murder trial for Gold Coast man Gable Tostee has retired for their second day of deliberation.

Justice Byrne answered four questions from the Jury in the Brisbane Supreme Court this morning.

The jurors asked Tostee’s age at the time of Warriena Wright’s death, what the metal object he was seen carrying in CCTV footage was, the level of her intoxication and the meaning of terms such as “intent” and “reasonably foreseeable”.

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.

Additional reporting by Shanee Dobeson.

EARLIER @ 6.30am: The Supreme Court jury in the murder trial for Gold Coaster Gable Tostee, will resume deliberating its verdict today.

After almost four hours of deliberation on Monday, the six men and six women jurors were unable to reach a verdict and told to return Tuesday morning.

30-year-old Tostee has been on trial since last Monday, charged with the murder of New Zealand tourist Warriena Wright in the early hours of August 8, 2014.

Ms Wright fell from the balcony of Tostee’s 14th floor Surfers Paradise apartment to her death, after meeting on the dating app Tinder for a night of drinking and sex.

Audio recording’s from Tostee’s mobile phone have been a major focus of the investigation, with a violent struggle between the pair and Ms Wright’s death captured.

The prosecution have argued that Tostee intimiated and frightened the petite 26-year-old so much, she felt her only escape was to climb down from his balcony to the apartment below.

They also claimed Tostee could be heard choking the victim for up to 45 seconds, a claim that was dismissed by pathologist Dianne Little who testified there was no evidence of strangulation.

Justice John Byrne told the jurors if they concluded he unlawfully killed Ms Wright but did not intend to cause her possibly fatal harm they could find Tostee guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter.

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