In the Gable Tostee murder trial, the Brisbane Supreme Court heard that the New Zealand tourist who was killed in the incident fell while climbing off Tostee’s balcony.
The suspect has pleaded not guilty of murdering the tourist, 26-year-old Warriena Tagpuno Wright, after which the court hearing was scheduled. Tostee said that she fell while climbing off the balcony of his 14th-floor apartment and was not murdered by him. The incident dates back to August 8, 2014, where the suspect was accused of murdering Wright following their meeting on the dating app Tinder.
The jury panel consisted of seven women and six men who will take a relevant decision based on the arguments put forth by both parties. The victim’s mother Merzabeth Tagpuno wept as the suspect made his appeal to the court pleading not guilty of murdering her daughter.
During the murder trial on Monday, Prosecutor Glenn Cash argued that the alleged murderer locked the victim out in the balcony and she died while attempting to get away from the restraint. Cash claimed that the case was all about “an altercation” that was expected to have taken place between the couple before the death of Wright. He added that it is suspected that Tostee restrained the female tourist quite forcefully. Cash argued that her client might have taken the step after realizing it was the only way to escape.
The prosecutor also said that Tostee admitted to his father that the woman was “really drunk” and she hit him multiple times. “I forced her out onto the balcony and I think she might’ve jumped off,” he reportedly told his father. Cash added that he also called his father to inform him that the couple had had sex before Wright died.
According to The Daily Mail, the court also heard that the couple exchanged messages “sporadically” following their meeting at the dating app. Advocate Saul Holt QC is representing his client Gable Tostee while the trial case will be presented before Justice John Byrne. It is expected to take around seven to eight days to unveil the secrets and end the case.