To add to your pile of horrifying news that tends to make you feel devastated about the basic state of humanity, an Australian man was located not guilty of murdering his Tinder date who fell to her death from his 14th-floor apartment balcony back on Aug. eight, 2014. The 30-year-old suspect, Gabe Tostee, was acquitted of murder charges for the death of 26-year-old Warriena Wright by a Queensland state Supreme Court jury Thursday.
Whilst prosecutors did not allege that Tostee intentionally pushed Wright off the balcony to her death, they did allege that he intimidated her badly enough that she fell off the balcony although attempting to escape from his apartment. The defense argument for Tostee was that he temporarily locked her outdoors in order to shield himself from alleged attempts at a violent attack by Wright following she had too several drinks.
The court was capable to receive a jarring recording of the two arguing just prior to she fell to her death. In the recording Wright threatened to destroy Tostee’s jaw, but only soon after Tostee called her a “bad girl.” The recording also detailed Tostee threatening to knock her out if she pulled something, and Wright asking if she could please go property. Understandably, Wright’s mother was angry about the recording being played in court, provided it’s extremely triggering content.
Wright and Tostee had not previously met every single other just before the evening of Aug. 7, when they met for casual drinks at a pub prior to heading back to Tostee’s Gold Coast apartment. The young Wright was in Australia on a trip from New Zealand at the time, and the pair had chatted a week on the app ahead of meeting in genuine life.
Utilizing the principal piece of evidence — the 199-minute recording produced on Tostee’s telephone, which detailed the growing tension among the two — prosecutors alleged there have been indistinct choking sounds on the recording around the time Tostee was heard saying:
“You’re lucky I haven’t chucked you off my balcony. I need to have never ever provided you so considerably to drink.”
In light of Tostee’s innocent verdict, a friend of the Wright household read a statement on the family’s behalf to reporters outdoors the courtroom, saying:
“The household would like to make a request to all of you, to please respect our privacy now, and when they return back to New Zealand so they have an opportunity to pull the pieces of their personal life back collectively again and so they also have the space to grieve in their personal way and in peace.
Tostee’s solicitor told reporters he’s “looking forward to moving on with his life.”