TOSTEE TRIAL: 'I heard her say ‘I want to go home’'

UPDATE: A NEIGHBOUR has described the seeing the woman at the centre of a Gold Coast murder trial fell from a balcony.

"She fell straight past where I was standing on the balcony and ricocheted off a few balconies below us and kept going to the ground," Nick Casey told Brisbane Supreme Court.

"When she fell past our balcony you could definitely tell it was female from the length of her hair."

Mr Casey had been asked what he had seen in the lead up to the fall.

"It appeared she was lowering herself onto the cement barrier, outside the balustrade," he said.

"I heard her say 'I want to go home', I heard her say 'help'.

"At that point, I said to her 'go back inside'.

"I wasn't long after that that she fell."

Mr Casey and friend Emily Ellis both testified the woman was on the outside of the balcony balustrade facing outwards.

"I could only see her body coming over," Ms Ellis said.

"When I looked back it was if she was hanging.

"She was in a hanging position but facing out.

"She had climbed over as if she was trying to get down."

EARLIER: THE moment Gable Tostee realises the girl he met on Tinder might be dead has been captured on audio he recorded on the night.

"God. I hope she's not dead," he says to his dad as they drive around on the Gold Coast after he fled his apartment.

"What if she's dead? What if she jumped?"

The 30-year-old's dad tells him not to worry because there's nothing he can do about it.

The recording is being played in Brisbane Supreme Court to a jury who must decide whether Mr Tostee has a murder case to answer.

Mr Tostee has pleaded not guilty.

New Zealand woman Warriena Tagpuno Wright fell to her death in the early hours of August 8, 2014 after she had been drinking and intimate with Mr Tostee in his Surfers Paradise unit.
 

Warriena 'Rrie' Wright
Warriena 'Rrie' Wright


Mr Tostee is accused of locking her on the balcony, with the prosecution arguing he was responsible for Ms Wright's death because she was climbing to another balcony to escape him when she fell.

The court had earlier heard Ms Wright screaming "no, no, no … let me go home".

Mr Tostee allegedly told her she had been "a bad girl" and called her a "goddamn psycho bitch".

"She drank more and more and got violent," he told his dad in the recording.

Mr Tostee tells his dad the last thing he remembered was holding her down on the ground and then she ran outdoors.

He says he has selfies, which were shown to the court, of them together that night but is not sure if he has any proof of her being aggressive.

Warriena
Warriena "Rrie" Tagpuno Wright

Mr Tostee can be heard trying to call his lawyer but gets an out-of-hours message.

When he dials another number, he leaves a voice message saying: "I need you to call me back urgently please".

The court had earlier heard him calling his dad to say he had "a situation" after meeting up with a girl for a date.

He told his dad they had sex but she started to get aggressive and was "beating me up".

"I forced her out on the balcony. I think she might have jumped off. There's a million cops …" he said.

"This isn't my fault."

 

Tostee trial told: "I met Australian Sam Winchester'

UPDATE: ON THE night she fell to her death from a 14th floor balcony, Warriena Tagpuno Wright messaged her sister saying she had met an Australian Sam Winchester - a character on TV show Supernatural.

Ms Wright's younger sister gave evidence today at Gable Tostee's trial at Brisbane Supreme Court. Mr Tostee is accused of Ms Wright's murder.

Warriena 'Rrie' Wright enjoyed getting friendly with some Australian wildlife, including a giant python, at Australia Zoo during her Queensland trip. She would later fall to her death from a Surfers Paradise balcony.
Warriena 'Rrie' Wright enjoyed getting friendly with some Australian wildlife, including a giant python, at Australia Zoo during her Queensland trip. She would later fall to her death from a Surfers Paradise balcony.

The sister told the court she received a message on Facebook from her sister, who had travelled to Australia from her New Zealand home, on the night she died.

The message said "I found Australian Sam Winchester" - referring to the TV show Supernatural that the sisters had watched together.

Ms Wright also told her sister that she was drinking with the man.

Warriena 'Rrie' Wright
Warriena 'Rrie' Wright

Mr Tostee is currently on trial after pleading not guilty to Ms Wright's murder.

It is alleged Ms Wright fell to her death in the early hours of August 8, 2014 after she had been drinking and being intimate with Mr Tostee in his Surfers Paradise unit.

The jury heard this morning that Mr Tostee is accused of locking her on the balcony and that she started climbing to another balcony to escape him when she fell.

A woman who lived in the unit below Mr Tostee at the time has also given evidence and said she heard a woman scream "No, no, no" and also heard a male voice but did not know what the male voice said.

She said she also saw legs dangling down from the balcony above her and saw a body fall.

The trial continues.

 

EARLIER: "YOU'RE lucky I haven't chucked you off my balcony, you goddamn psycho little bitch."

Those are the words Gable Tostee, 30, allegedly said in the lead-up to New Zealand woman Warriena Tagpuno Wright's death.

Crown prosecutor Glen Cash has summed up the case against Mr Tostee at the start of the man's murder trial this morning at Brisbane Supreme Court.

Mr Tostee has been charged with her murder. He has pleaded not guilty.

Mr Cash said Mr Tostee and Ms Wright met on dating app Tinder and met up on the night of August 7, 2014.

They spent time at Mr Tostee's Surfers Paradise apartment.
 

Mr Cash said the pair had been drinking and being intimate and that at one point, Mr Tostee locked her out of the apartment on his balcony.

He said it is alleged Mr Tostee had been forceful and threatening towards her, which led to her trying to climb down the building from his balcony to escape then falling to her death from the 14th floor.

Mr Cash said Mr Tostee had recorded the audio of the crucial hours in the lead-up to Ms Wright's death.

Mr Cash said the audio, which was recorded on Mr Tostee's mobile phone, captured the alleged altercation between Mr Tostee and Ms Wright that night.

Mr Tostee's defence barrister Saul Holt also briefly addressed the jury this morning.

He said Ms Wright was throwing decorative rocks at Mr Tostee before he locked her on the balcony.

Mr Holt said the audio recording would prove Mr Tostee tried to stop her throwing the items before asking her to leave.

He said Ms Wright then hit Mr Tostee with another object, which prompted him to lock her on the balcony.

Mr Holt said Ms Wright then became "hysterical".

"And you'll hear it, and it's awful, because you know what comes next," Mr Holt told the jury.

Mr Holt said his client did not have an intention to kill Ms Wright or cause her grievous harm.

The trial is expected to last for six days.



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