Written by Peter CarterOctober 20, 2016
The on going saga in the Gable Tostee murder trial has finally come to an end with a jury finding him not guilty of the murder or manslaughter of Tinder date Warriena Wright.
A 12 person jury has found Gold Coaster Gable Tostee not guilty after a nine day trial, and on the fourth day of deliberations.
Mid-way through deliberations, the jury told Justice John Byrne they were struggling to reach a unanimous decision.
Justice John Byrne told the jury to persevere to reach a unanimous verdict, saying, “Experience has shown juries can often agree if given enough time to consider and discuss the issues”.
Tostee had been accused of murdering the New Zealand tourist on August 7, 2014. Wright fell 14 floors from his Surfers Paradise balcony after a date turned into an aggressive argument.
The jury had asked a total of seven questions over three days, including yesterday afternoon’s question, asking whether
Tostee’s language could be considered as a force.
“The short answer is no,” Justice Byrne replied.
He told the jury it should only be concerned about the “physical force” used by Tostee, and whether or not it was more than reasonably necessary.
Tostee restrained Ms Wright and locked her on his apartment balcony.
The crown argued that when Tostee locked her out, Ms Wright felt so intimidated she died trying to escape.
The defence said Tostee was trying to de-escalate the situation, arguing Ms Wright’s actions were not rational or foreseeable.