The Gable Tostee murder trial has proved ineffective once again with the failure of the jury members in giving a unanimous verdict on the matter.
The struggle of the jury members in finding the right way to punish the suspect is evident from their confusion. It is significant to take a decision that would deliver justice to the woman who died because of him. Warriena Wright fell off the 14th floor of Tostee’s Surfers Paradise apartment at a Gold Coast apartment balcony in August 2014.
Earlier, the court heard that the couple met on a dating website, Tinder, while Wright was visiting Australia all the way from New Zealand for a vacation. They met for their first date, which took an ugly turn, leading to the death of the tourist. In the previous hearings, an audio recording was presented to the court in which the couple seemed to be fighting in the suspect’s apartment.
However, the sounds indicated that it was not Tostee but Wright who became violent that night. She beat the suspect badly and blamed him for not only stealing her cell phone but also tampering with the data. On the other hand, the recording sounded like the suspect showed her where the mobile phone was kept. Despite the evidence supporting the alleged killer, the jury could judge him guilty as he was the reason for Wright’s death.
The jury consisted of six men and six women. They began deliberations on Monday but Justice John Byrne provided them more instructions on the matter on Tuesday morning and then again in the afternoon. After long hours of discussion, the members were sent home for the night. Justice Byrne, according to the media reports, would only allow them to relax when he will get a satisfactory verdict on the matter.
He told the members to take as much time as they want until a suitable decision is reached. Byrne advised the jury to listen to the opinions of their fellow jurors very carefully as it would lead to a better understanding of the differences of opinion. “This often leads to a better understanding of the differences of opinion you may have and may convince you that your original opinion was wrong,” he said referring to the Gable Tostee murder trial as quoted by the ABC.
“That is not, of course, to suggest you can, consistently with your oath or affirmation as a juror, join in a verdict if you do not honestly and genuinely think that it is the correct one.”