Rozelle store owner Adeel Khan arrested over blast that killed three people

More to come, the store owner has been arrested in explosion that killed 3.
September 23, 2014 – 9:57AM

Facing three murder charges: Adeel Khan.

Facing three murder charges: Adeel Khan. Photo: Supplied

The owner of a Rozelle convenience store that was destroyed by fire that killed three people has been arrested at his hospital bed.

Adeel Khan is expected to charged with three counts of murder in relation to the blast and subsequent fire earlier this month, polices sources.

Bianka O’Brien, 31, her baby son Jude and their neighbour Chris Noble, 27, all died in the Darling Street fire.

Mon 8 Sep 2014,

The father and husband of two victims of a shop explosion in Sydney last week says he is devastated by the loss of his wife and their 12-month-old son, who “made everyone smile”.

The NSW Police Arson Squad is leading a criminal investigation into the Rozelle blast and fire on Thursday that killed Bianka O’Brien, 31, and her son, Jude, along with 27-year-old Chris Noble.

John O’Brien described his wife of eight years as “an inspiration to all who knew her”, saying she was a wonderful wife and an even better mother.

He said people gravitated towards her because of her “beautiful and warm personality”.

“Bianka and I were together for eight years, married for two, and to say she was the love of my life is an understatement,” he said in a statement.

“I can’t believe how quickly those eight years have flown by but they have definitely been the best years of my life.

“I know I was truly loved by her and the feeling was entirely mutual.”

Jude O'Brien

Photo: Jude O’Brien, 1, “never stopped smiling”, his father John says. (Supplied)

Mr O’Brien said he loved his son Jude with all his heart, describing him as the perfect baby who “never stopped smiling”.

“By far the proudest moment of my life was becoming a father,” he said.

“Jude had just started to walk and was only just discovering the world around him. Everything was exciting to him and he was just a joy to be around. He made everyone smile.”

He said the events of the past few days had been devastating, but he has been overwhelmed by the support from the community.

“Finally, I would like to extend my sympathy to the family of Chris Noble and everyone else who has been affected by this,” he said.

The owner of the convenience store on the Darling Street block, Adeel Khan, remained in intensive care at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Asbestos concerns at blast site

Concerns over asbestos contamination and an exclusion zone around the site the explosion and fire were discussed at a town hall meeting on Sunday.

The area around the blast site has been described by investigators as “very dangerous” and shut off to residents and business owners since Thursday.

Inspector Gary Coffey assured the gathering that authorities were addressing concerns over asbestos and the impact of an exclusion zone around the site.

“We understand the very real need to restore this community in a timely manner so that the healing process can begin,” Inspector Coffey said.

“I can assure you that we are all working very hard every minute of the day to try and achieve this.

“The priorities for the police operation are to assess the asbestos management at the site, reducing the exclusion zone to allow unaffected businesses to re-open and to provide pedestrian access to those businesses and crime scene examination.”

Local business owner Steve Isaac said his electrical store on Darling Street had been closed since Thursday and the exclusion zone set up around the blast site had been having a major impact on his business.

“Because it’s a crime scene and the street is closed off, it’s hard to get deliveries in and out and we’ve had a lot of cancellations,” Mr Isaac said.

“Most of us have had to stay shut.”

Inspector Coffey said a demolition order had been issued for the building next to the convenience store on Darling Street.

An accredited company carried out an asbestos inspection on Friday and told police asbestos had been detected on the ground and immediately around the site.

“An asbestos exclusion zone was put in place at the site, and the clean up commenced (on Saturday), and at the same time a hygienist commenced air monitoring at several locations around the site,” Inspector Coffey said.

“The result we received was that there was no airborne asbestos detected.

“Early this morning asbestos clean up at the site recommenced and we will be conducting further testing today and these results will determine how quickly we can reduce the exclusion footprint so that businesses can re-open.

“The site itself is very dangerous and the conditions are constantly changing, and we’ll keep everyone informed of developments.”

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Gable Tostee-What happened to Warriena Tagpuno Wright?

There has to be so much more to this sad story folks…

Update 6th September 2014

Gold Coast balcony murder accused Gable Tostee’s ‘secret recordings’ revealed

ACCUSED Gold Coast killer playboy Gable Tostee allegedly choked Kiwi tourist Warriena Wright, threatened to throw the “psycho little bitch” off his balcony and told the terrified woman he would not let her leave because she had been “a bad girl

And within an hour of her plunging to her death from his 14th floor Surfers Paradise apartment, he casually ordered pizza.

Gable Tostee is accused of murdering Warriena Wright, who plunged to her death from the b

Gable Tostee is accused of murdering Warriena Wright, who plunged to her death from the balcony of his 14th-storey Gold Coast apartment.

The chilling new allegations are contained in a police affidavit ahead of Tostee’s Supreme Court bail hearing on Monday.

Tostee has been in custody since August 15 when he was charged with Ms Wright’s murder after meeting through dating app Tinder.

Warriena Wright, 26, photo posted by her mother on Facebook.

Warriena Wright, 26, photo posted by her mother on Facebook. Source: Supplied

His parents are offering to put up their house as surety to secure his freedom, but police are opposing bail, arguing the 28-year-old has “callous disregard for human life”.

They say he “taunted” Ms Wright, 26, as she struggled for air, rang his lawyer 38 seconds after she died and ordered a pizza within the hour.

In their objection to bail, police say they extracted a 3½-hour audio file – allegedly recording Ms Wright’s last hours – from a phone seized from Tostee’s father’s car.

Police say the recording is of a man and woman socialising before a struggle breaks out about 2.13am on August 8, the morning Ms Wright died.

In the hours before her death the recording captures Tostee describing Ms Wright as becoming more violent the more she drank and he repeatedly asks her to stop beating him up.

Gable Tostee, 28, has been denied bail. Picture: Facebook

Gable Tostee, 28, has been denied bail. Picture: Facebook Source: Supplied

“I should have never given you so much to drink. I thought that we were going to have fun?” a male voice is allegedly heard to say.

Just over 30 minutes later, the man is alleged to say: “That’s enough, you have worn out your welcome, you have to leave.”

When the out-of-breath woman says “it’s all good”, the man allegedly replies: “This is f—ing bullshit, you are lucky I haven’t chucked you off my balcony you god damn psycho little bitch.”

Extracts from the recordings police will use in their case against Gable Tostee.

Extracts from the recordings police will use in their case against Gable Tostee.

Police allege the man then tells the woman he is going to evict her without her belongings and threatens: “If you try and pull anything, I will knock you the f— out.”

The struggle then allegedly becomes more intense and the woman can be heard saying “I am so sorry” and the man replying “I don’t care”.

“The female is then heard to struggle for breath as if her airway was restricted and the male can be heard repeating ‘let go, let go of it’,’’ police state in the affidavit.

“The choking-type sounds by the female continue for approximately one minute before the sounds of the struggle intensify.

“There is a sound consistent with a door unlocking then sliding open. At this time, being 2.19am, the female begins screaming out “No, no, no”. The male then says: “You tried to kill me huh, well why did you try to hit me with that huh?

“Shut your filthy mouth. It is all on recording you know, it is all being recorded.’’

Police allege she continues to scream “no, no, no” and then “just let me go home”.

The man allegedly responds: “I would but you have been a bad girl.”

A sound police say was consistent with the door being slid shut can then be heard.

“Twenty-six seconds after identifying the sound of the door being shut, a fading scream can be heard,’’ police state.

Warriena Wright fell 14 floors to her death last month. Picture: Facebook

Warriena Wright fell 14 floors to her death last month. Picture: Facebook Source: Supplied

Police allege that instead of calling emergency services, Tostee tried to ring his lawyer but his call was not answered.

They allege a male can be heard saying “where are my keys, f—, f—, f—”. The recording allegedly captures the sound of him running and Tostee ringing his father Gray and saying: “There are cops all around my apartment. I am f—ed.”

Tostee allegedly fled the building before handing himself in to police later that day.

Police say witnesses in the Avalon building told them they heard a “very upset” woman screaming before seeing legs dangling over the balcony and a person falling.

Police say Tostee should not get bail as he has “a blatant disregard for human life ”.

Tostee, in his bail application, says he “strenuously” denies the murder charge .

Gable Tostee arrested

Gable Tostee is taken into custody shortly before being charged with murder last month. Source: News Corp Australia

update 17th August 2014

Gable Tostee assaulted Warriena Wright before she plunged to her death

‘‘NO, no, no … I just want to go home.

These were allegedly the last words of terrified Kiwi tourist Warriena “Rrie” Wright as she tried to flee Gold Coast playboy Gable Tostee.

The Sunday Mail has obtained exclusive details of the police case against Tostee, who faced court yesterday charged with murdering Ms Wright only hours after they met on controversial dating site Tinder.

DETAILS: Flawed hermit caught in fatal web of sex hook-ups

BALCONY PLUNGE: Victim’s last moments caught on tape

Police will allege Ms Wright, 26, had been assaulted, was “in fear of her life” and trying to escape when she plunged to her death from the balcony of Tostee’s 14th floor apartment in the Avalon tower last Friday week.

Audio recordings of her last moments, believed to have been extracted by police technical experts from mobile phones found in a car in the building’s basement were the breakthrough detectives needed to arrest Tostee on Friday after an intensive week-long investigation.

Police will be relying on High Court findings in other cases of people fleeing in fear and dying to make the murder charge stick.

They will allege Ms Wright and Tostee met in Cavill Mall about 9pm on August 7 after connecting on Tinder and went back to his apartment.

Witnesses told police they heard a man and woman arguing and the woman screaming “No, no, no” several times and “I just want to go home” just before she plummeted to her death.

Police will allege she was trying to climb to the balcony below to escape Tostee when she fell.

CCTV footage obtained by police allegedly shows Tostee in the building foyer soon after the tragedy.

Police will allege he hid behind a pillar as police surrounded Ms Wright’s body and can be seen pacing backwards and forwards.

He then allegedly got back into the lift, rode to the basement and left the building.

CCTV cameras allegedly recorded him carrying what appeared to be a phone. Police will allege they later found three mobile phones in a car in the Avalon basement.

Tostee, who has boasted online of bedding about 150 women, handed himself in to police the day after Ms Wright’s death but refused to be interviewed.

He was arrested on Friday morning at his parents’ Carrara home, the day after a brave public plea for information by Ms Wright’s younger sister Reza.

Tostee’s parents, Gray and Helene, were not at Southport Magistrates Court yesterday to support him.

He remained in the watchhouse cells after defence lawyer Mick Purcell, a former senior police prosecutor, said he did not require his client to be brought into the dock.

People charged with murder cannot apply for bail in the Magistrates Court and Tostee was formally remanded in custody until October 10.

Outside court, Mr Purcell said his client “maintains his innocence” and he would be seeking Supreme Court bail in the coming weeks. Despite the arrest, police are still appealing for information from the public – especially women who have had interactions with Tostee.

“We’re interested in hearing from anyone who may be able to provide further information,’’ police regional crime co-ordinator Detective Superintendent Dave Hutchinson said.

“This was a particularly tragic death which pulled at the heartstrings of the community and our appeals for public help have had a very positive response.’’

Supt Hutchinson said Ms Wright’s family were relieved at the early arrest and appreciative of the police efforts.

A team of more than 50 police including Gold Coast and Brisbane Homicide Squad detectives, as well as forensics experts, worked around the clock on the investigation.

It is believed Ms Wright’s body will be flown back to New Zealand this week for a funeral.

Police are continuing to comb Tostee’s apartment for further clues.


Police charge Gable Tostee with murder and allege Warriena Tagpuno Wright’s last moments caught on tape

ACCUSED balcony killer Gable Tostee will seek bail in the Supreme Court after being remanded in custody over the death of a young New Zealand tourist who plunged 14 floors to her death from a Gold Coast high rise last week.

Tostee was arrested and charged with murder on Friday, exactly a week after Warriena Tagpuno Wright fell to her death from the balcony of his luxury apartment at the Avalon tower in Surfers Paradise.

He was spared an appearance in Southport Magistrates Court today when his lawyer, former police prosecutor Mick Purcell, said he was not required in the dock.

Magistrate John Costanzo remanded Tostee in custody until October 10 and ordered police provide a brief of evidence by September 30.

Lawyer Mick Purcell, who is representing Gold Coast man Gable Tostee, addresses the media

Lawyer Mick Purcell, who is representing Gold Coast man Gable Tostee, addresses the media outside Southport Magistrates Court this morning. PIC: Luke Marsden. Source: News Corp Australia

Outside court, Mr Purcell said Tostee ‘maintains his innocence’.

“We look forward to receiving the brief of evidence so we can move on with the court process,” he said.

“I have instructions to make application for bail in the Supreme Court in the weeks to come.”

Ms Wright had been on a two-week Australian holiday and only met Tostee that night through social dating app Tinder.

Tostee’s parents, Gray and Helene, were not in court to support him.

Overnight it was reported: RECORDINGS retrieved by police allegedly linked Gold Coast playboy Gable Tostee to the murder of a New Zealand tourist who plunged 14 floors from his high-rise balcony.

Tostee was yesterday charged with murder, exactly a week after Warriena Tagpuno Wright fell to her death from the balcony of his luxury apartment at the Avalon tower in Surfers Paradise.

The 26-year-old had been on a two-week Australian holiday and only met Tostee that night through social dating app Tinder.

MURDER ACCUSED: Rise and fall of hermit caught up in fatal web

Tostee was arrested at his parents’ Carrara home and taken to Surfers Paradise police headquarters about 11am, before being taken to Southport Watchhouse where he was formally charged with murder.

Police will allege they have a compelling case against the 28-year-old, including the retrieval of recordings which detailed the interactions between the pair around the time of Ms Wright’s death.

Tostee had previously written on the forum page of a bodybuilding website describing his obsession with recordings.The self-confessed ladies’ man, who has boasted of bedding about 150 women, wrote on the forum that he had installed motion detector cameras in his old apartment and sometimes left his phone on record mode on nights out.

Tostee was first interviewed by police on Friday last week, but exercised his right to silence. He again gave police the silent treatment during an interview with detectives yesterday, but was charged nonetheless.

Defence lawyer Michael Purcell said Tostee, who has protested his innocence on social media, would contest the charges.

“He maintains his innocence and he will be defending the charges,” he said.

Tostee this week took to the same bodybuilding forum to protest his innocence.

Gable Tostee has been arrested following the daeth of Warriena Wright.

Gable Tostee has been arrested following the daeth of Warriena Wright. Source: News Corp Australia

“I’ve been advised not to go into details, but all I will say is that I absolutely did NOT cause this girl to fall and that I am devastated,” he wrote.Tostee will face Southport Magistrates Court this morning, but is unable to apply for bail until the case is adjourned to the Supreme Court in Brisbane.

His arrest followed an investigation involving 20 detectives, including officers from the state homicide squad, who worked around the clock trying to piece together exactly what happened on Tostee’s balcony that night.

Despite the arrest the Regional Crime Co-ordinator, Detective Superintendent Dave Hutchinson, said police still wanted to speak with anyone with any information which could help the investigation.

Last night, Ms Wright’s sister Reza, who on Thursday made a brave public plea for answers, visited the scene of the tragedy for the first time.

Accompanied by a friend, she lit a candle and cracked a beer in honour of the sister she described as the most important person in her life.

Warriena Tagpuno Wright fell to her death from the balcony of his luxury apartment at the

Warriena Tagpuno Wright fell to her death from the balcony of his luxury apartment at the Avalon tower in Surfers Paradise.. Source: Supplied

She is now preparing to take her sister home to New Zealand for a funeral.

MAJOR UPDATE  August 15, 2014 12:17PM

Gable Tostee, man at centre of investigations into Surfers Paradise highrise death plunge of Warriena Wright, charged with murder

 Gable Tostee

EXCLUSIVE: POLICE have charged Gold Coast man Gable Tostee with murder following investigations into a Surfers Paradise high-rise death plunge last week.

Police said Tostee was being processed at Surfers Paradise police station after being arrested at his parents home at Carrara.

He was taken into custody this morning and will be taken to the Southport Watch house just after 12.30pm.

His charges will be released later today.

The arrest comes a day after fatal plunge victim Warriena ‘Rrie’ Wright’s sister made a tearful plea to answers about what led to her death.

Rrie fell to her death from the 14th floor of Mr Tostee’s balcony in the Avalon Apartments building in Surfers Paradise last Friday about 2.20am.

Death-plunge playboy Gable Tostee spied on prospective conquests with clothes camera
 Warriena’s distraught sister arrives from New Zealand

GOLD Coast playboy Gable Tostee has told of attaching miniature spy cameras to his clothing while trying to pick up women.

He also told of using a tablet phone to access live feeds from the surveillance cameras set up inside his apartment.

The 28-year-old, who is at the centre of a police investigation into the balcony death of New Zealand tourist Warriena Tagpuno Wright, spent yesterday afternoon with his lawyer as police ­examined his apartment.

HIDDEN CAMERAS: Love rat had his apartment wired

TRAGEDY: Final hours of tragic high-rise victim

Ms Wright, 26, met Mr Tostee on dating app Tinder while in Queensland for a two-week holiday.

I spy with my little ... tiny ... spy camera. Gable Tostee has claimed online that he fit

I spy with my little … tiny … spy camera. Gable Tostee has claimed online that he fitted spy cameras to his clothes while he tried to pick up women.

She was seen drinking and laughing with him on his 14th-floor balcony on Thursday night and fell to her death in the early hours of the following morning.

Mr Tostee, a prolific contributor to website, has bragged about having had sex with 150 women.

He claims to have kept meticulous records of each, including through use of ­motion-detection cameras in his former apartment set up to capture the front entry and living-room areas.

“I also have mini spy cameras which I’ve used for fun when I’ve gone out and had a drunken night or something,” he wrote in 2012.

“I’d attach the spy camera to one side of my jeans pockets and an 3w IR (infra-red) light for night vision to the other pocket, battery in another pocket.”

Death fall man ‘recorded everything’

Mr Tostee said he originally set up cameras inside his home after having his keys stolen. The cameras once caught a woman apparently stealing his wallet on her way out.

“I use the program iSpy for motion detection and have a six-second timelapse on constantly which records everything to my PC,” he wrote.

In other posts, he showed photographs of his tablet phone displaying vision from the cameras inside his home.

In February last year, he posted a photograph of a woman in his apartment picked up on his camera after she came home with his friend.

Mr Tostee posted the picture to the forum to ridicule her appearance.

Facebook image of Warriena Tagpuno Wright, who fell to her death from Gable Tostee’s Surf

Facebook image of Warriena Tagpuno Wright, who fell to her death from Gable Tostee’s Surfers Paradise balcony.

“So I met up with a m8 last night who I haven’t been out with for ages. Passed out early so I checked my security cameras to see WTF happened and … captions not necessary LOL,” he wrote.

Ms Wright’s mother Beth and sister Reza arrived in Australia yesterday.

Too distraught to visit the scene of last week’s tragedy, they spent most of the day with detectives.

They drove past the Avalon apartment building but did not stop.


Detective Superintendent Dave Hutchinson, from the South Eastern police region, said the tragedy had taken a heavy toll on Ms Wright’s family.

“They’re very upset by it all but they are trying to help us as best they can,” he said.

Accompanied by his parents, Mr Tostee spent about 90 minutes with his lawyer Mick Purcell in Southport yesterday.

 Gable Tostee breaks silence saying reports of homemade porn collection were an ‘outright lie’ as Warriena Wright’s family arrives on the Gold Coast
Gable Tostee’s homemade porn stash has been seized by police.

Gable Tostee’s electronic devices have been seized by police.

UPDATED: Warriena Wright’s family have arrived on the Gold Coast as the man at the centre of the fatal balcony fall breaks his silence, denying he filmed sex acts.

Miss Wright’s family flew in from New Zealand this morning and later in the day a woman, believed to be her sister, was seen being driven into the Surfers Paradise Police Station.

Police have confirmed Miss Wright’s sister will speak to the media in relation to her sister’s death at 11am tomorrow morning.

A woman believed to be Warriena Wright’s sister, Reza Tagpuno Wright, pictured being driv

A woman believed to be Warriena Wright’s sister, Reza Tagpuno Wright, pictured being driven into the Surfers Paradise Police Headquarters. Photo Adam Armstrong.

Forensic officers are continuing to investigate the outside of Mr Tostee’s 14th floor apartment in a cherry picker.

No charges relating to Miss Warriena’s death have been laid.

UPDATED: Gable Tostee has broken his silence today posting online a surveillance video of his apartment and saying it was an ‘outright lie’ that he had homemade porn videos.

Police Detective Superintendent Dave Hutchinson said police took CDs and ‘discs’ from Gable Tostee’s apartment but officers had not located anything of a sexual nature.

The recordings are being ­examined for any clues about the final moments of Warriena Wright on the night she plunged to her death from the balcony of his Surfers Paradise apartment.

It comes as forensic officers use a cherry-picker to examine the outside of Tostee’s 14th floor balcony.




Mr Tostee shared a Gold Coast Bulletin story on his Facebook page saying ‘I never had any cameras installed in my Avalon apartment nor did I have a ‘homemade porn collection’.

He then posted a surveillance video of his apartment, saying it was taken from his previous home in Circle on Cavill in 2012 and had been used for security only.

The footage focuses on the living area of the apartment and shows a girl walking through the room and out the door.

Mr Tostee said he posted the video to catch a girl who allegedly stole his wallet from the table as she left.

Gable Tostee surveillance video
 “This footage was from a security camera in the living room of my previous apartment at Circle on Cavill in 2012. I only had one other camera in the apartment which was at the front entry facing the door. Neither camera was used to film sexual encounters,” he wrote.

“I had these cameras set up in my old apartment solely for security purposes.”

Det Supt Hutchinson said the seized material was still being examined but so far contained only music files and photos of a non-sexual nature.

He said it was “outrageous’’ to suggest otherwise.

Bulletin sources are adamant that recordings of Gable Tostee involved in sexual encounters with women do exist.

Supt Hutchinson appealed for those sources to present their evidence to police.

EARLIER: Detectives have seized Mr Tostee’s mobile phone and other digital equipment and are examining recordings on the devices.

Mr Tostee has refused to be interviewed by police in relation to Miss Wright’s death early on Friday morning and has not been charged.

Facebook picture of Warriena Tagpuno Wright, 26, who fell 14 floors to her death from Tos

Facebook picture of Warriena Tagpuno Wright, 26, who fell 14 floors to her death from Tostee’s balcony.

In a previous post on, Mr Tostee detailed the efforts he went to in order to keep track of each sexual conquest.

Gable Tostee pictured at a Surfers Paradise nightclub.

Gable Tostee pictured at a Surfers Paradise nightclub.

“I have actually kept a written log with dates and names,” he wrote.

“I’m somewhat obsessed with recording everything. I have motion detection cameras in my house, call recordings on my phone, and sometimes even leave my phone on record in my pocket for nights out in case I forget what happens.”

He described the 100th woman on his list as a “drop in standards”.

“Only reason I went for her was because she had huge teddies,” he wrote in 2012.

“Went out to clubs tonight with a few mates and got shot down by most hot girls. Really put a hole in my confidence.

“Eventually I figured I’d get the 100th out of the way by dropping my standards.

“I’m lying on the living-room couch typing this while she is asleep in my room. I can’t sleep until she is gone.”

Gable Tostee is understood to have been obsessed with recording.

Gable Tostee is understood to have been obsessed with recording.

He also talked about watching people from his 14th-floor balcony, asking for advice on the best equipment.

Gable Tostee’s Tinder account profile

Gable Tostee’s Tinder account profile

“I have a parrot AR drone with a built in camera and Wi-Fi remote control so I can control it and record first person from my phone,” Mr Tostee wrote in a post last year.

Police said Miss Wright was visiting Australia for a friend’s Gold Coast wedding. Her parents are expected to arrive in the city later this week.

Friends of the 26-year-old Kiwi have flooded Facebook with tributes. Among them was Carla Ward who recounted their lifelong friendship.

“I feel like a piece of me is gone, you were such an amazing person and I feel truly blessed to have had you in my life even though your life was cut short,” she wrote.

Detectives have also confiscated the mobile phone of Mr Tostee’s close friend Tony ­Ongart. It is understood he was contacted by Mr Tostee after the fatal fall from the ­Avalon apartments.

On Facebook yesterday, Mr Ongart warned his friends not to contact him and joked about the contents of his phone.

“Hope they (police) watch my pornos,” he wrote.

Police comb through the back of a home where Gable Tostee was staying following the balco

Police comb through the gardens of surrounding homes in Carrara where Gable Tostee was staying following the balcony death plunge of his Tinder date.

Region crime co-ordinator Detective Superintendent David Hutchinson said the seizure of mobile phones was a standard part of police investigations.

“The examination of mobile phones and other telecommunication devices is a routine part of modern investigations,” he said.

The revelations come as one woman, who asked to ­remain anonymous, came forward with information about a date she had with Mr Tostee after meeting the 28-year-old on the mobile dating application Tinder.

The woman said after meeting at a bar for a drink, it was obvious he was “just after one thing”.

“He invited me up to his place after just one drink at the bar,” she said. “Despite his good looks, I felt there was no attraction or connection with him, so I simply told him I was going home.

“He did try to convince me to stay out with him.

“He was very confident and cocky (and) I feel sorry for any girls that fell for his charms and obviously really sad for Warriena,” she said.

“I knew I wasn’t interested when I asked what he was into and he told me he was just into zombies and zombie movies.”

Friends have come out in support of Mr Tostee, with Presley Bell Erickson saying the part-time builder’s labourer would overcome the incident. “Gable will be okay! He just needs a good lawyer and he will be fine,” she wrote.

Mr Tostee is represented by top criminal law firm, Potts Lawyers.

Supt Hutchinson said police were awaiting a toxicology ­report after the post-mortem examination.

Mystery surrounds the death of a young woman who died after falling from the balcony of a Gold Coast apartment early on Friday morning.

Warriena Tagpuno Wright, 26, plunged to her death from the 14th floor of the Avalon apartments in Surfers Paradise about 2.20am.

Ms Wright is from Lower Hutt in New Zealand. She was in Australia for a friend’s wedding.

Police have confirmed the death is being treated as suspicious.

“In all cases like this – any sudden death which can’t be explained – we treat as suspicious right from the start to ensure we determine what occurred,” Detective Superintendent Dave Hutchinson said.

Police believe an argument occurred in in the lead up to Ms Wright’s death early on Friday morning.

Detective Superintendent  Hutchinson said neighbours heard loud voices and noises coming from the unit. However when police arrived at the scene, nobody was inside Mr Tostee’s apartment.

The unit’s sole occupant is Gable Tostee, 28, who was questioned by police on Saturday afternoon. He was not formally arrested and no charges have been laid.

Curious residents peered from their balconies as forensic crews examined the site.

The woman who lives above the apartment from which Ms Wright fell, told Fairfax Media she was home on Friday night when Ms Wright died.

“It’s horrible. I heard screaming at 2.20am, it woke me up,” she said.

Another resident called Tania told Channel 9 Ms Wright had screamed several times before falling.

“I heard her screaming once and then she stopped. Then she screamed again and then she stopped again, and then she screamed a third time and after that I heard a bang,” Tania said.

Police are now calling for anyone who may have security footage, camera or mobile phone vision of the Avalon apartment building at the time the woman fell to contact Gold Coast police or Crime Stoppers.

The tower, which is about 30 storeys high, is near the heart of Surfers Paradise off the Gold Coast Highway.

Police taped off the entrance to the Avalon on Friday, with forensic investigators setting up a blue tent in the area where the woman fell. Ms Wright’s body was taken away around midday on Saturday

Detective Superintendent Hutchinson declined to comment on the relationship between Ms Wright and Mr Tostee,

He confirmed Mr Tostee was known to the police as he and two friends had been part of a counterfeit operation in 2004.

The three were found guilty of running a fake identification operation targeting Schoolies visitors. They were released on probation without conviction.

Neville Wran’s daughter Harriet Wran charged with murder over

Only the very best legal defence for this girl I’m guessing. Cops better make sure its watertight…The Wran family have briefed prominent barrister Winston Terracini SC to act on Ms Wran’s behalf. Stay away from drugs people

Thu 14 Aug 2014, 7:04am

Redfern stabbing

Photo: Paramedics with a stretcher at the scene of the killing in Redfern on Sunday night. (ABC News)

The daughter of former New South Wales premier Neville Wran has been charged with murder over a stabbing death in the inner Sydney suburb of Redfern.

Harriet Wran, 26, was arrested along with Michael Lee, 35, in Liverpool on Wednesday afternoon.

Overnight, both were charged with murder, attempted murder and aggravated break and enter.

They will face court today accused of killing Daniel McNaulty, 48, who was stabbed to death on Sunday outside a public housing block in Redfern.

Police said the arrests were made after a red hatchback was found in the Sydney suburb of Waterloo.

On Tuesday night, Lloyd Haines, 28, was also charged with murder over the stabbing.

A 42-year-old man who was critically injured in the attack remains in a stable condition in St Vincent’s Hospital.

Mr Wran, who led NSW from May 1976 to July 1986, died in April.

Harriet Wran is the second youngest of the former premier’s five children.

Neville Wran’s daughter Harriet charged with murder over Redfern stabbing death of Daniel McNulty

THE daughter of former premier Neville Wran was last night charged with murder over the stabbing death of a man at a Redfern unit block.

Harriet Wran, the youngest daughter of the former Labor state leader, who died at the age of 87 on April 20, was yesterday confirmed by police as a person of interest in the murder of 48-year-old Daniel McNulty and the stabbing of another man, Brett Fitzgerald.

She was charged early this morning with murder, attempted murder and aggravated break and enter.

She will appear in Liverpool Local Court today.

The Wran family have briefed prominent barrister Winston Terracini SC to act on Ms Wran’s behalf.

Wran daughter quizzed over murder

Murdered… Daniel McNulty. Source: DailyTelegraph




Fronting media this morning, Mr Terracini said bail would not be applied for.

“We are not going to make a bail application tomorrow,” Mr Terracini said.

“It will be a five minute job, we turn up, bail will be refused, won’t be applied for.”

The former University of Sydney student, and goddaughter of Kerry Packer, handed herself into Cabramatta Police Station just after 5pm, along with a 30-year-old man, Michael Lee, who was also wanted for questioning.

Lee was also charged with murder, attempted murder and aggravated break and enter, and will appear at Liverpool Local Court today.

Neville Wran with his children Harriet (8) and Hugo (5) in 1996.

Neville Wran with his children Harriet (8) and Hugo (5) in 1996. Source: News Corp Australia

The shock twist came just hours after 29-year-old Lloyd Edward Haines yesterday faced Parramatta Local Court for the murder of Mr McNulty on Sunday night.

Senior police sources confirmed to The Daily Telegraph that Wran, 26, and a 30-year- old man of Asian appearance were wanted in connection with the double stabbing at the Walker St unit block.

In a statement announcing Haines’ arrest, police said they were looking for a man and woman also believed to be inside the apartment at the time.

Hugo Wran, Jill Wran and Harriet Wran at Neville Wran’s funeral / Picture: Craig Greenhil

Hugo Wran, Jill Wran and Harriet Wran at Neville Wran’s funeral / Picture: Craig Greenhill Source: News Corp Australia

McNulty died at the scene shortly after paramedics were called about 7.45pm, while Mr Fitzergerald was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital with multiple stab wounds. His condition is stable.

Wran was wearing jeans and a blue shirt at the time of the arrest, and had her brown hair worn up, police say.

Harriet Wran’s brother Hugo leaves the Wran family home in Potts Point last night / Pictu

Harriet Wran’s brother Hugo leaves the Wran family home in Potts Point last night / Picture: Rohan Kelly Source: News Corp Australia

Detectives yesterday went to the family home in Woollahra in search of Wran, but neither Harriet or her mother Jill, Mr Wran’s wife of more than 30 years, were home, leaving the youngest child Hugo, 23, to try to contact his family.

“I’ve been informed, that’s all, sorry I can’t answer any questions,” he told The Daily Telegraph last night.

Neville Wran with wife Jill and baby Harriet in 1988 / Picture: Rob Drew

Neville Wran with wife Jill and baby Harriet in 1988 / Picture: Rob Drew Source: News Corp Australia



Jill Wran was last night ­organising to return to Sydney from Brisbane to support her daughter.

Harriet and her younger brother Hugo, the youngest of Mr Wran’s four children, read poems during a state memorial service for their father, who died aged 87 after a long struggle with dementia.



The window of Daniel McNaulty’s apartment / Picture: Richard Dobson

The window of Daniel McNulty’s apartment / Picture: Richard Dobson Source: News Corp Australia

The siblings sat side by side in the front row of the Sydney Town Hall for the service for their father, who served as NSW premier from 1976 to 1986. Harriet read a Shakespearean sonnet at the ­funeral, following speeches from former prime minister Paul Keating and Bob Carr.

Haines, who handed himself into police, did not appear in the dock of Parramatta Local Court and his bail was formally refused on charges of murder, attempted murder and aggravated break and enter.

His case returns to Parramatta Court on October 9.

Harriet Wran, daughter of the late former premier Neville / Picture: Facebook

Harriet Wran, daughter of the late former premier Neville / Picture: Facebook Source: Facebook

Police at the scene of the stabbing in Redfern on Sunday night / Picture: Bill Hearne

Police at the scene of the stabbing in Redfern on Sunday night / Picture: Bill Hearne Source: News Corp Australia


Toni McHugh-Who are You? Go away now

Courtesy of Australian Women’s Weekly…

Toni McHugh: ‘My future with Gerard included his children’

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The mistress of convicted wife-killer Gerard Baden-Clay believed she would eventually build a life with him and his three young daughters.

In an exclusive interview with The Australian Women’s Weekly, Toni McHugh has opened up about how she and the now convicted murderer had high hopes of setting up house together and getting shared custody of his children.

McHugh, who was engaged in a four year affair with Baden-Clay when he violently killed his wife of 14 years,  Allison Baden-Clay, says she always considered the couple’s children when they discussed a life together.

“The future I was planning with Gerard, it actually included them. It included Allison! I thought we would all get to the point where we all, you know, shared custody, like adults and got on,” she told The Weekly.

Related: Gerard Baden-Clay’s secret life of betrayal revealed

The former real estate salesperson also shared unsettling details about the moment she came close to Allison’s body.

“We drove over that bridge, and she was under there, and later that day, maybe around noon, we heard a woman’s body has been found, and I knew straight away – instantly – that it was Allison,” Ms McHugh said.

When asked whether or not she felt responsible for Allison’s untimely death, McHugh, who describes herself as ‘Australia’s Monica Lewinsky’ – the most famous White House intern in history, said ‘No’.

Related: Gerard Baden-Clay’s colleague tells: ‘I was working with a murderer’

“It is horrible to have it said that you are the motive (for murder),” she said.

“But no, I’m sorry, he wasn’t thinking about me. He was thinking about himself.”

While McHugh admits she’s still trying to come to terms with what’s happened, she is now planning to write a book about the case.

“I’m the only one who can tell this story,” she said.

Gerard Baden-Clay was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 15 years behind bars for killing Allison and dumping her body in Brisbane’s Kholo Creek.

Read more of this story in the August issue of The Australian Women’s Weekly. 

hey tough guy Hugh Garth, is this how you wanted to be famous?

What a tough little weasel, a one punch macho man Hugh Garth is ! This is a massive case if we are to put a stop to the idiotic behaviour that results in young people dying in seconds for mostly nothing. Society has had enough of one punch fools who kill.

Hugh Garth refused bail after becoming first man charged under NSW one-punch laws

 25/07/14 6.30pm 

A man accused of fatally punching another man at a birthday party in Sydney has been deemed a threat to the community and refused bail.

Hugh Bacalla Garth, 21, became the first person to be charged under New South Wales’ so-called one-punch laws after he allegedly hit Raynor Manalad in Rooty Hill, in Sydney’s west, on May 7.

Mr Manalad, who was also 21, suffered extensive bleeding on the brain and died in Westmead Hospital the next day.

Garth, who was charged with assault causing death while intoxicated, applied for bail under the state’s controversial new Bail Act in the Penrith Local Court, where he appeared via videolink.

His mother prayed over a string of rosary beads as she watched the proceedings from the public gallery, along with Garth’s girlfriend.

Garth’s lawyer, Riyad El-Choufani, told the court Garth should be granted bail because he needed full access to his legal team to build a defence to the charges, which are new and have no legal precedent.

The one-punch mandatory sentencing laws, introduced in January, mandate an eight-year minimum sentence for fatally striking a person with a single punch while drunk or on drugs.

Garth was also charged with grievous bodily harm for a separate alleged assault at the party.

Garth ‘an unacceptable risk’

Mr El-Choufani said the charges were serious but “not so grave as to warrant the refusal of bail”.

“There is no suggestion [the alleged offence] was premeditated; there is no suggestion it was planned,” he said.

Mr El-Choufani said the case would rely on a witness who said he saw Mr Manalad grab Garth by the shirt during an argument and Garth had acted in self-defence.

I am of the view the risk to the community is just too great.

Magistrate Roger Clisdell

The court also heard Garth was seeking bail because his girlfriend, Christine Galvin, is 19 weeks pregnant with their first child.

But prosecutor John Walford opposed bail, saying Garth’s significant criminal history meant he posed an unacceptable risk to the community.

“His violence has escalated to this catastrophic alleged hit,” Mr Walford said.

Your Honour would find that it’s an unacceptable risk and the bail conditions would not mitigate it.”

Magistrate Roger Clisdell agreed.

“This is a very serious offence,” he said.

“I am of the view the risk to the community is just too great.”

Garth will remain in Lithgow Correctional Centre on remand.

The matter is due before court again in August.


Charges upgraded in fatal punch case

May 7, 2014

Crime Reporter

Died in hospital: Raynor Manalad.

Died in hospital: Raynor Manalad. Photo: Supplied

The mother of man killed by a fatal punch said she does not care whether her son’s alleged attacker was the first to be charged under tough new laws because nothing will bring her child back.

Hugh Garth, 21, is the first person to be charged under the NSW government’s ”one punch” legislation after he allegedly punched and killed a nurse at a western Sydney party on Saturday.

Raynor Manalad, 21, was knocked unconscious outside a Rooty Hill house and died the next day in hospital.

Mr Garth is the first person to face the new charge of assault causing death, which carries a maximum jail sentence of 25 years.

Under new laws introduced in January, anyone who fatally punches someone while intoxicated will receive a minimum eight-year jail term.

Mr Manalad’s mother was trying to organise her son’s funeral when she learned police had laid extra charges against Mr Garth on Wednesday.

”I’m not interested in what happens, nothing can bring back my son,” she said outside her Belmore unit block.

Mr Garth, 21, appeared briefly before Blacktown Local Court, where police laid two extra charges including assault causing death while intoxicated.

”Hugh Bacalla Garth did when intoxicated unlawfully assault Ray Manalad by intentionally hitting [him] with a clenched fist … thereby causing the death of Ray Manalad,” a police charge sheet read.

The court heard he also faced a fresh charge of grievous bodily harm after he allegedly assaulted Myrik Ong, who was hosting the house party on Saturday.

Magistrate Timothy Keady outlined a total of five charges in court.

Mr Garth’s mother sat silently as her son was formally refused bail and told he would remain in custody until his next court appearance in July.

Hours before the alleged fatal punch was thrown, Mr Garth posted a picture of a Southern Comfort bottle on social media with the caption ”get it started”.

A family friend of Mr Garth cried outside of court and said his family was shattered by the charges.

”He would never, ever do this. He would never hurt anyone on purpose. He’s a beautiful person, he has a good soul,” Jodie Webster said outside the court. ”Everyone’s shattered.”

Mr Manalad’s death comes after two Sydney teenagers, Daniel Christie and Thomas Kelly, were killed by single punches in Kings Cross.

Police allege Mr Manalad was trying to intervene in a fight between Mr Garth and his girlfriend when he was punched outside a Rupertswood Road house at about 12.30am.

One friend described the Mr Manalad’s final act as ”heroic”.

”May God reward you for all the good deeds that you have done especially for the last heroic act you did,” Mrv Brnrdo posted on Facebook.

Another friend, Amanda Jay, said her heart went out to Mr Manalad’s family. ”Yesterday we lost a beautiful life, amazing nurse, friend and son. A truly genuine man who always had respect for everyone,” she posted on Facebook.


Raynor Manalad dies after alleged one-punch assault at Rooty Hill party

Man dies in one-punch attack

RAW VISION: The mother of a man accused of a one-punch death in Minchinbury says she is in shock over the arrest. Nine News.

Raynor Manalad was a nurse, a brother, a son and a friend. He was a man whose life was ended by a single punch.

Police will allege the recent university graduate was struck once in the face outside a 21st birthday party at Rooty Hill in Sydney’s west on Saturday.

He was knocked unconscious and died the next day.

Raynor Manalad, who died after he was punched at a party on Saturday.

Raynor Manalad, who died after he was punched at a party on Saturday. Photo: Facebook

The alleged attack comes after two Sydney teenagers Daniel Christie and Thomas Kelly were killed by single punches in Kings Cross.

Hugh Bacalla Garth, 21, of Blacktown, was charged with the assault that led to Mr Manalad’s death and will remain in custody until he appears in court on Wednesday.

It is alleged Mr Manalad was trying to intervene in a fight between Mr Garth and his girlfriend when he was struck outside a Rupertswood Road house about 12.30am.

Raynor Manalad on his graduation day.

Raynor Manalad on his graduation day. Photo: Facebook

On Monday friends and family paid tribute to Raynor Tristan Castillo Manalad, who recently graduated from nursing at the Australian Catholic Univversity.

One friend described the 21-year-old’s final act as “heroic“.

“May God reward you for all the good deeds that you have done especially for the last heroic act you did,” posted Mrv Brnrdo on Facebook.

Hugh Bacalla Garth is accused of punching Raynor Manalad.

Hugh Bacalla Garth is accused of punching Raynor Manalad. Photo: Facebook

Another friend, Amanda Jay, said her heart went out to Mr Manalad’s family.

“Yesterday we lost a beautiful life, amazing nurse, friend and son. A truly genuine man who always had respect for everyone,” she posted on Facebook.

Close friend Alyssa described Mr Manalad as a “beautiful sunset”.

Hugh Bacalla Garth allegedly threw the fatal punch at the party in Rooty Hill.

Hugh Bacalla Garth allegedly threw the fatal punch at the party in Rooty Hill. Photo: Facebook

“Hearing about your passing hits me like a ton of bricks. I cannot believe that you are gone,” Alyssa wrote online.

“It hurts that you are no longer alive because you were the person who would always keep the peace in the group,” she said.

Police have said charges against Mr Garth were likely to be upgraded at his next court appearance.

"Get it started": A bottle of Southern Comfort on Hugh Bacalla Garth's Facebook page.

“Get it started”: A bottle of Southern Comfort on Hugh Bacalla Garth’s Facebook page. Photo: Facebook

“The accused had been at a party with his girlfriend … there was a dispute between them,” police said.

In January this year the NSW government passed controversial new laws which introduced mandatory sentences for deadly one-punch assaults.

Under the new law, anyone who fatally punches someone while intoxicated will receive an eight-year jail term.

Hours before the alleged attack, the accused posted a picture of a Southern Comfort bottle on social media with the caption, “Get it started”. 

The mother of the accused said she did not even know her son had been arrested when she was approached by a Channel Nine journalist on Monday morning.

“My son? Oh my God,” she cried.

Mr Garth appeared briefly before Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent, common assault and affray.

He was refused bail and will now spend his 22nd birthday behind bars on Friday.

with Megan Levy


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