Australian man called Tinder date 'psycho' before her death

by Ben Pena October 13, 2016, 0:52
Australian man called Tinder date 'psycho' before her death

A New Zealand tourist was so frightened of an Australian man she met through Tinder that she fell from his 14th floor balcony when she tried to flee his apartment, a prosecutor told an Australian court on Monday.

30-year-old Gable Tostee is facing trial after being accused of murdering the victim, Warriena Tagpuno Wright, who fell to her death.

It's not alleged Tostee threw or pushed Ms Wright off his balcony but that he intimidated and threatened her to the extent she felt the only way to escape from him was to climb down.

Wright's screams pierced the courtroom, as she appeared to be begging for her life. "You're not going to collect any belongings, you're just going to walk out". She would later fall to her death from a Surfers Paradise balcony.

Warriena Wright's younger sister Marreza is also giving testimony.

The noise is silenced by the sound of a sliding door, which fits with the Crown's contention that Tostee locked her on his 14th floor balcony.

"The defendant did not throw Warriena over the balcony, he did not push her over the balcony".

Wright's mother earlier broke down in court as Tostee pleaded not guilty to murder.

Tostee was pictured arriving at Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday where he is now on trial over the murder of 26-year-old Warriena Wright.

Gable Tostee arrives in court today. As she becomes more agitated he says "I don't deserve this, I'm a nice f***ing guy'". If you try to pull anything I'll knock you out, I'll knock you the f-- out.

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"Are you going to f--ing untie me because I will f--ing destroy your jaw", Ms Wright says.

The jurors also heard Tostee and Wright had exchanged messages "sporadically" after meeting via the dating app Tinder on August 1.

Collyer was giving evidence on the first day of the trial of Gable Tostee, who has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Wright.

After attempting to restrain her, Mr Tostee then put Ms Wright out on the balcony and locked the door, the court heard.

Ms Wright threatened to call the police while Tostee accused her of beating him up for no reason.

"I hope she's not dead".

A 30-year-old Australian man accused of forcing a woman to jump from his 14th floor apartment balcony went on trial for murder October 10.

The trial before Justice John Byrne is expected to take seven to eight days.

Tostee at some point allegedly locked Wright out on the balcony, though it's unclear if she got there voluntarily.

Nick Casey, who was in the apartment two floors below Tostee, told the court he had gone outside to investigate loud bangs like a weight being dropped when he saw Ms Wright climbing over the balustrade.

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