Written by Peter CarterOctober 17, 2016
The jury in Gable Tostee’s murder trial is set to begin deliberations.
30 year old Gable Tostee is on trial in the Brisbane Supreme Court after he pleaded not guilty to murdering his New Zealand Tinder date, Warriena Wright in 2014.
Mr Tostee is accused of intimidated Miss Wright so greatly that she felt she had no other option than to escape him via his balcony in Surfers Paradise. From which she fell to her death.
The court has heard the 26-year-old Miss Wright attacked Tostee with rocks in his apartment, where they had spent the past few hours drinking after meeting on dating app Tinder.
In an audio recording Tostee made on his phone, you can hear sounds of the physical struggle between the pair and Ms Wright’s eventual death.
Prosecutor Glen Cash argued in his closing submissions on Friday the “tall and muscular” Tostee dominated and taunted the “slight and petite” Ms Wright as he held her down on the ground with his body weight
Mr Cash said Tostee then choked the terrified Ms Wright for up to 45 seconds before locking her out on the balcony, cutting off her only means of escape.
However, defence barrister Saul Holt QC disputed the prosecution’s claim Tostee choked Ms Wright, who had been “massively drunk” and “out of control” that night.
Mr Holt said Tostee was patient, even gentlemanly, towards the erratic Ms Wright in the lead up to the struggle and de-escalated the situation by locking her on the balcony.
He said it was not foreseeable Ms Wright would climb over the railing in darkness to certain death just seconds later but that showed how irrational she was.
Justice John Byrne will on Monday resume his directions to the jury, who will then commence deliberating a verdict.