Northern Territory to launch online public sex offender register-Please follow suit

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Photo: Bruce and Denise Morcombe attended the announcement of the NT’s public sex offender register. (ABC News: Ruby Jones)

Convicted sex offenders in the Northern Territory will soon have their name, image, physical description and whereabouts posted on a government website.

Legislation announced today has been named Daniel’s Law after Queensland teenager Daniel Morcombe, who was murdered in 2003 by a convicted sex offender on parole.

Although details have not been finalised, it was believed all of the information published about a sex offender would be publicly accessible.

The NT Criminal Lawyers Association slammed the idea, saying naming and shaming made it harder for offenders to rehabilitate without making anyone safer.

NT Attorney-General John Elferink said it would be the first website of its kind in Australia and it was expected to be launched next year.

Western Australia has an online sex register but access has several tiers of restrictions.

It is not yet clear how approximate the location information for the NT register will be. Mr Elferink said the website would include the “regional whereabouts”.

We truly hope that the introduction of Daniel’s Law will prevent another family going through the pain and grief we experienced following Daniel’s death.

Bruce and Denise Morcombe

“We’ll list them by geographical region reasonably close to where [people] live. It is not a system of exact addresses,” he said.

“They will be able to see who the sexual predators are in the community. They’ll be able to recognise the sexual predators and protect their children.

“We believe that the public’s right to know takes precedence over the privacy concerns for serious sex offenders.

“The initiative will allow individuals and families to familiarise themselves with important details and be more vigilant about named serious sex offenders living in and around the area.”

Daniel’s Law modelled on Megan’s Law in US

The NT chose to pursue its own legislation after a proposed national sex offenders register was knocked back at the recent Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting, according to Mr Elferink.

“From our perspective if it’s not done at a Commonwealth level then we’re going to do it in the NT and proudly so,” he said.

“Does a government make this information available or not? The answer from the NT is ‘yes, yes we do’.

“There is no guarantee a website would have protected Daniel. We know we should pull out all stops as a society and as a community to create for parents an environment to protect their children.”

He said the NT system would be modelled on Megan’s Law in the United States – the informal name for sex offender registration and community notification laws, which have been passed at US federal and state levels.

However, unlike Megan’s Law, Daniel’s Law will not list offenders’ exact address.

The Attorney-General said the Government had not yet decided on the definition of “serious sex offender”.

“We’ll create a definition which is appropriate and then have further flexible arrangements to make sure the right people are placed on our serious sex offenders website.”

He said parents were in a better position to protect their child when they were armed with detailed information.

“While the Northern Territory Police will continue to track and monitor around 200 sex offenders in the community, this tool is designed to deliver information to the community about the most serious offenders in an easy, user-friendly way,” he said.

‘You’d hate to be the last state to have a register’

Daniel’s parents Bruce and Denise Morcombe, who have been calling for the introduction of a national child sex offender register, said they hoped the NT register would spread across the country.

“Of course sometimes one can imagine the paedophiles and the predators on the NT sex offenders register may well not want to be in the NT any longer,” Mr Morcombe said.

“They may migrate to other states and territories.

“You’d hate to be the last state to have a sex offenders register up and running. You’re going to get truckloads of people you don’t want in your state.”

The couple, who were in Darwin for the announcement, said they commended the NT’s decision.

“The NT has taken a leadership step,” Mr Morcombe said. “They were the first to do so.

“This is for ordinary Australians. It is to get the good people at arms length from the predators.

“We want protection for our kids.

“Daniel’s Law we are confident will assist in the mission to make sure kids of Australia are safe.

“We think it is breathtakingly simple but at the end of the day will make a massive difference for children right around the country.

“I am sure the feedback from that will migrate to other states and they’ll say, ‘Why not us?'”

Daniel disappeared when he was 13 while waiting for a bus at Woombye on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast in 2003.

His remains were found in bushland eight years later.

His convicted killer, Brett Peter Cowan, had a long history of sexually abusing children.

He had been arrested and sentenced in 1989 for two years in jail after molesting a boy in a public toilets.

Four years later, while living in a caravan park in Darwin, Cowan attacked a six-year-old boy. He later pleaded guilty to gross indecency, grievous bodily harm and deprivation of liberty.

He was sentenced to seven years’ jail and released on parole four years later.

‘Terrible idea will turn people into vigilantes’

Public online sex registers make it harder for offenders to rehabilitate, increase the chance they will re-offend, and do not make anyone safer, according to NT Criminal Lawyers Association president Russell Goldflam.

He said the NT Government’s proposal was “terrible”.

From our perspective if it’s not done at a Commonwealth level then we’re going to do it in the NT and proudly so. Does a government make this information available or not? The answer from the NT is ‘yes, yes we do’.

John Elferink, NT Attorney-General

“Laws like this have been tried in the US, mainly over the last couple of decades,” he said. “They don’t result in anyone being safer or the level of recidivism being decreased.

“There are some real costs. They are expensive to run but more importantly is they can get in the way of people being rehabilitated.

“This can result in people going underground instead of engaging with those who can assist them to stop reoffending

“In a place like the the NT we expect anyone who is going to be put on the register will leave the NT and go somewhere else. That doesn’t help anybody. It just makes it harder to keep track of them.”

He said the system would further stigmatise, prejudice and stereotype convicted sex offenders.

“A very significant range of laws operate to protect the community from people who may be at risk of reoffending,” he said. “There is already a register, already a provision for for identifying offenders, already laws to detain serious repeat sex offenders.

“Where these laws have been passed in the US – and they have in some places included exact places where people live – vigilantes have murdered people on the list or people they believe are on the list, even if they weren’t child sex offenders.

“The Attorney-General says this will make people be more vigilant.

“Our concern is this will make more people into vigilantes.”

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Police investigate into transgender woman’s killing by chef Marcus Volke


This terrible murder-suicide only gets more bizzare and disturbing, as police continue to investigate how it unfolded. It appears Volke killed and dismembered his shemale partner and was attempting to dispose of the remains by cooking the parts up. The apartment block had been reeking for days when police eventually were called to investigate.

Double life of a killer husband: ‘Chef’ who murdered transgender wife was really a male prostitute who hid job in brothel from family and worked under the name ‘Heath XL’

  • Husband Marcus Volke was secretly working as a male prostitute
  • He killed and then dismembered his transgender wife on Saturday night
  • The remains of Mayang Prasetyo were found in a Brisbane apartment
  • Volke is believed to have murdered then dismembered the 27-year-old
  • Media have previously reported Volke was a chef who worked on cruises
  • But a friend of the couple said the 28-year-old was a male prostitute
  • Volke and Ms Prasetyo met in 2009 while working at a Melbourne brothel 
  • Ms Prasetyo is known as Febri Andriansyah, according to her Indonesia passport

The man who is believed to have killed then dismembered his transgender wife in an horrific murder-suicide in a Brisbane apartment was secretly working as a male prostitute, it has emerged.

Friends revealed the truth about Marcus Volke’s double life and also criticised a Brisbane newspaper for its portrayal of victim Mayang Prasetyo.

Interior designer Alex Devantier, who knew the couple well, told Daily Mail Australia Volke had never worked as a chef but used it as a cover story to avoid telling his family and close friends the truth about his life as Heath the male prostitute.

Friends have revealed Marcus Volke (pictured here with Mayang Prasetyo) was a male prostitute, not a chef as previously reported

Friends have revealed Marcus Volke (pictured here with Mayang Prasetyo) was a male prostitute, not a chef as previously reported

Mayang Prasetyo was found dismembered in a Brisbane apartment she shared with her husband on Saturday

Parts of Ms Prasetyo's body were found strewn across the couple's new Teneriffe apartment

Parts of Ms Prasetyo’s body were found strewn across the couple’s new Teneriffe apartment

Ms Prasetyo, 27, was described as ‘happy, cheerful person’ and an ‘angel’ by friends.

Mr Devantier said that the front page headline featuring the term ‘shemale’ was extremely offensive to both her and the transgender community.

He asked The Courier Mail to donate profits from Tuesday’s edition to the Gender Centre – a not-for-profit which raises awareness of transgender issues – and Ms Prasetyo’s family.

Three days ago, parts of Ms Prasetyo’s body were found strewn across the couple’s Teneriffe apartment in Brisbane’s inner-city, with some cooking in chemicals on a stove.

Police arrived at the couple’s home after receiving reports from neighbours about a bad smell coming from the Commercial Road apartment on Saturday night, just weeks after they had moved to the Queensland capital.

Volke fled the scene and was later found in an industrial bin with his throat cut in nearby Dath Street.

It has also been revealed Ms Prasetyo travelled as a man named Febri Andriansyah on an Indonesian passport.

He advertised himself as a 'young sexy Australian boy, very friendly and easy going, discreet and professional'

Marcus Peter Volke, 28, slit his own throat as he fled the Brisbane apartment where he is believed to have dismembered his Indonesian wife

Marcus Volke’s emergency electrician call released

The 27-year-old was known as Febri Andriansyah, according to her Indonesian passport

The 27-year-old was known as Febri Andriansyah, according to her Indonesian passport

Interior designer Alex Devantier said Volke and Ms Prasetyo married in Europe in August 2013 

Interior designer Alex Devantier said Volke and Ms Prasetyo married in Europe in August 2013 

Volke and Ms Prasetyo met in 2009 while working at Melbourne brothel Pleasure Dome

‘They were leading double lives because of the lives they were leading,’ Mr Devantier said.

‘Marcus wouldn’t even tell his closest friends of the life he was leading.

‘They lied to their families, so their families didn’t realise what they were actually doing.’

In an online advertisement under the name Heath XL, Volke describes himself as a ‘young sexy Australian boy, very friendly and easy going’.

The ad went onto to say: ‘I can be your companion for an hour or as long as u want, for a dinner, a hot session, holidays or more’.

But Mr Devantier - who was close to the couple - has revealed Volke was a male prostitute

But Mr Devantier – who was close to the couple – has revealed Volke was a male prostitute

He worked under the name Heath and was registered as a private escort in Melbourne 

He worked under the name Heath and was registered as a private escort in Melbourne 

Mr Devantier met Volke and Ms Prasetyo – who were married in Europe in August 2013 – four years ago in Melbourne and introduced them.

He said the pair worked at Melbourne brothel Pleasure Dome in 2009 and were employed there as escorts for about two months.

‘Mayang left the agency because she was so popular that all the other transsexuals hated her and that’s why she asked me to build her own website to get away from those who were jealous of her achievements,’ Mr Devantier said.

‘They both went into private escorting. I actually helped Marcus register as a private escort in Melbourne and then with his advertising.’

Mr Devantier, from Townsville, said he was in shock over the tragedy.

‘I still don’t believe he [Volke] did it. I can’t believe he did it. If he did do it, sometimes you can’t judge it, you can’t pick it,’ Mr Devantier said.

‘They were a loving and beautiful couple, and never a bad word from either of them about each other.

‘I looked after Mayang’s escort website and I was in communication with her all the time.

‘There was never any hostility towards each other.’

Queensland Police removed a toxic-labelled container on Monday, following the discovery of Ms Prasetyo's body parts found boiling in chemicals in a Brisbane apartment on Saturday night

Queensland Police removed a toxic-labelled container on Monday, following the discovery of Ms Prasetyo’s body parts found boiling in chemicals in a Brisbane apartment on Saturday night

Emergency services remove her body from the DoubleOne 3 Apartments in Commercial Road

Emergency services remove her body from the DoubleOne 3 Apartments in Commercial Road

Queensland Police made the grisly discovery of a woman's body parts just after 9pm on Saturday night

Queensland Police made the grisly discovery of a woman’s body parts just after 9pm on Saturday night

Officers have spent

Officers have spent Saturday night at the two crime scenes trying to find out what led to the tragedy

Mr Devantier and Ms Prasetyo’s other friends have called on The Courier Mail to donate its profits from Tuesday’s edition which labelled the transgender escort as a ‘shemale’.

When he saw the front page of the News Corp newspaper, Mr Devantier said he was disgusted.

He has asked for the donation to be made to the Gender Centre, which helps raise awareness of transgender, issues and Ms Prasetyo’s family back in Indonesia for her funeral costs.

‘We need to make the community aware of the difference between a post-op and pre-op transgender person, a transvestite, a cross dresser, et cetera,’ he said.

‘[Ms Prasetyo's] family have just lost their sole source of income and money for putting the family’s second eldest and third eldest child – both girls – through high school and that was who she was to them, the breadwinner.’

Mr Devantier also urged people to a sign a change.org petition asking for The Courier Mail to ‘publicly apologise for articles relating to Mayang Prasetyo’.

At the time of publication, the petition had amassed more than 15,000 signatures.

Mr Devantier said Ms Prasetyo – who was a pre-operation transsexual – was months away from becoming a woman anatomically.

‘She said she knew from 10 years old that she believed she was a woman and I believe she was not far from her goal – it would have been months,’ he said.

The grisly death is being treated as a murder-suicide after Volke fled the scene and was later found in an industrial bin with his throat cut

The grisly death is being treated as a murder-suicide after Volke fled the scene and was later found in an industrial bin with his throat cut

Ms Prasetyo's remains were found at an apartment on Commercial Road and Volke's body was found on Dath Street

Ms Prasetyo’s remains were found at an apartment on Commercial Road and Volke’s body was found on Dath Street

Tue 7 Oct 2014, 12:39pm

Detectives investigating the grisly murder of a transgender woman have returned to the Brisbane apartment where it is believed she was killed by her partner.

Police believe the Indonesian woman, Mayang Prasetyo, was killed and dismembered by her 27-year-old partner and chef Marcus Volke some time last week in the apartment in Commercial Road, Teneriffe.

Neighbours complained of a foul smell at the weekend and police were called.

When officers arrived at the apartment Volke fled through a rear glass door and leapt over a balcony, leaving a smear of blood on a fence.

Volke’s body was later found in an industrial bin where it is believed he took his own life.

When police returned to the couple’s apartment they found his partner’s remains.

Police would not confirm reports that Volke had been cooking a part of his girlfriend on a stove top when they arrived at the scene.

Investigators are also looking at security camera vision taken near the apartment complex to help shed light on the events of Saturday night.

Authorities were still trying to contact her next of kin and would not confirm her name.

It is believed Volke met Ms Prasetyo while working on international cruise ships.

‘No indication anything wrong’

On Monday the man’s mother, Dorothy Volke, said she had not met her son’s girlfriend.

Ms Volke said she had no indication anything was wrong with her son.

“I’m not sure what he was doing – last we knew he was working on boats,” she said.

She said she did not know what company he was working for.

“I don’t know, he jumped around,” she said.

Volke was originally from the regional Victorian city of Ballarat, where his funeral will be held.

Just a normal couple, neighbour says

Neighbours alerted the building’s manager to the stench on the ground floor on Saturday.

Courtney Reichart first noticed the smell on Wednesday when she returned home from work.

She said it had got worse each day and still remained.

“On Saturday when I came out for a walk, it made your eyes water, it made you want to be sick,” she said.

“The smell it was like as if somebody had put out some dog food or red meat and left it out for a few days.

“It makes you feel sick that that poor girl sat there for however many days and we’ve been walking past, living our lives and thinking ‘hmmm what’s that smell’, but you don’t put two and two together.

“You don’t think that a bad smell equals a murder.”

The apartment complex opened about two months ago, during which time Ms Reichart met the couple a number of times.

She said she had never heard arguments and the couple owned dogs.

“Just a normal couple,” she said, adding that the girlfriend was “gorgeous”.

“They seemed quite friendly.”

Volke critical of violence against women

Volke’s Facebook page revealed he was a vocal critic against those who committed violence against women and animals.

Less than a month ago he posted a link to a news article about a man who was bashed for standing up for a group of women who were being threatened.

He commended the man for being a “champion mate”.

In June he wanted offenders castrated when two Indian girls were hanged after being gang-raped.

Police have urged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


Brisbane deaths: Man found dead in bin after woman’s remains discovered at Teneriffe unit

Updated yesterday at 5:19pmMon 6 Oct 2014, 5:19pm

Teneriffe murder-suicide

Photo: A blood trail was left at the back of the apartment block and the man’s body was found inside a commercial rubbish bin in Dath Street. (ABC News: Dean Bilton)

A man was found dead in a bin a short time after fleeing from a unit where a woman’s remains were discovered, police said.

Detectives said the two deaths in the affluent Brisbane suburb of Teneriffe were being treated as a murder-suicide.

Officers went to the apartment building on Commercial Road at about 9:00pm on Saturday after neighbours reported a bad smell coming from a unit in the complex.

Police said when they knocked on the apartment door a man fled through a rear glass door and leapt over a balcony.

Blood stains were left on a fence where he jumped down to a laneway.

Officers later found his body inside a green commercial rubbish bin in Dath Street.

Meanwhile a woman’s body parts were found inside the apartment.

“Police attended to the units at 113 Commercial Road, Teneriffe, conducting a welfare check because management were concerned about the welfare of some occupants,” Detective Senior Sergeant Tom Armitt said.

“On attendance we’ve had cause to commence an investigation in relation to a murder-suicide.”

Nearby residents described a huge commotion as a large number of officers and dog squad units scoured the area.

Forensic experts have been carrying out examinations at both crime scenes.

Teneriffe has undergone major residential development in the past decade and attracts a large number of young professionals.

Neighbour heard ‘a commotion’

ABC journalist Dean Bilton, who lives nearby, said: “We told police we heard a commotion on Monday night.

“We think it was the apartment concerned. We weren’t sure whether it had been a party or an argument but it now seems like it might have been something more sinister.”

He said other people living in the building had noticed a bad smell for several weeks.

He also said he thought the man who lived in the apartment had two Bulldog puppies which had been heard barking loudly for much of the past week.

Courtney Reichart and her husband Alex, who also live in the building, said they noticed a smell in the basement last Sunday but that there had been an issue with sewerage pipes.

Ms Reichart said she had noticed a strong smell on the ground floor this morning.

“I’ve walked in and out of the building a couple of times this morning … and the smell is quite pungent, it smells like rotting meat,” she said.

“I think it’s just from when they [police] keep opening the door to have a look.

“It’s quite bad, I smelt it a couple of days ago but it just smelt like dog food – we’ve got animals in the building so you don’t really think of anything.

“And as Alex said we’ve had sewerage issues.”

Mr Reichart said they moved into the block about six weeks ago.

“It’s worrying, having seen that, especially with all the turnout of the police last night,” he said.

“When 10 police start heading into your building you think something’s happening here.”

Police scientific and forensic officers have been examining both the unit and the area where the man’s body was discovered.


 

Brisbane trans murder: Mayang Prasetyo killed and cooked by chef husband

 October 07, 2014 12:20PM


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A WOMAN brutally murdered and cooked by her husband in their Brisbane apartment has been identified as a transsexual “high-class” prostitute whose sex work paid for her family’s education in Indonesia.

Parts of Mayang Prasetyo’s body were found strewn around the inner-city apartment she shared with husband Marcus Peter Volke, 28, who was found boiling her body parts in chemicals on a stove and slit his own throat after fleeing from police on Sunday.

The couple had only been in Brisbane a few months. Pic: Facebook.

The couple had only been in Brisbane a few months. Pic: Facebook. Source: Supplied

 

Friends said Marcus Peter Volke and Mayang Prasetyo seemed normal and happy. Pic: Faceboo

Friends said Marcus Peter Volke and Mayang Prasetyo seemed normal and happy. Pic: Facebook. Source: Facebook

Ms Prasetyo, a 27-year-old sex worker, was charging up to $500 an hour for her services as a “top high-class Asian shemale” the Courier Mail reported, but dreamt of one day transitioning to “complete womanhood” and becoming a mother.

She had married chef Peter Volke in 2013 after the pair met on a cruise ship, according to friends, and had moved with her husband to Brisbane.

The pair appeared to live comfortably in the modern Ternerrife apartment they had shared for three months.

Friends and family back in Indonesia are mourning the loss of “Febri”, as Ms Prasetyo is also known.

Pictures from an online prostitution site offering services from Mayang Prasetyo.

Pictures from an online prostitution site offering services from Mayang Prasetyo. Source: Supplied

Her mother, Nining Sukarni, told the Courier Mail her eldest child paid to “put the sisters through school”.

Ads reveal Ms Prasetyo charged from $200 to $500 for her services as an “international escort”.

“Better in real life. Pictures are always real. Real deal pre-op functional hot TS. With a great fit and hot body to enjoy,” one advertisement read.

Another advertisement posted by the transsexual while she was in London last year described her as ‘busty’ and ‘extra hot in bed’ with a ‘big banana’, the Daily Mail reports.

Friends of Ms Prasetyo have taken to Facebook to pay tribute to the “larger than life” woman, and have remembered her as a “beautiful angel”.

Mayang Prasetyo posted glamorous pictures on her Facebook page.

Mayang Prasetyo posted glamorous pictures on her Facebook page. Source: Facebook

A former lover of Ms Prasetyo said she was “a true leader and a brave and courageous being”.

“I knew I had met an awesome person and made a new friend that I would never wish to lose …,” Brad Whitehouse wrote.

“It breaks my heart that so many of her friends, particularly in Indonesia will be devastated, and of course her family whom she had the spirit of utmost protection and betterment for.”

In the same post, Whitehouse wrote of his friend’s dream of one day becoming a mum.

“Mayang lived as a female and wished to make that big step one day and establish into complete womanhood, adopt, be a mother and a successful businesswoman,” he said.

Tributes have also been paid online to the pair by friends who remember them as a “happy married couple”, and family of the pair have said they showed no signs of problems in their relationship in the weeks that led to both their deaths.

Marcus Peter Volke had no criminal or drug history, according to police.

Marcus Peter Volke had no criminal or drug history, according to police. Source: Facebook

Mr Volke was originally from Ballarat, and had met his wife while working on a cruise ship.

A school friend told his home town paper, the Courier, he was “a little different”.

“He was a good guy, he was a bit up and down, he could lose his temper like anyone can but for the most part he was just like anyone else. He was just one of the boys,” he said.

“He was always a little different. He wasn’t a happy-go-lucky guy like the rest of us — he was a bit dark.”

Volke’s mother, Dorothy, said she had spoken with her son just a week before and he seemed “normal”.

“He was happy and he was coming home for Christmas, everything was normal,” she told the Courier Mail.

“He’d been on a ship, going from one country to another. They hadn’t been in Brisbane for very long, only a few months. They were starting to get settled.”

Mrs Volke said that although her son seemed normal, she hadn’t seen him in around 18 months.

“We didn’t know what was going on,” she said.

He was also passionate about animal cruelty and fascinated by diet information.

He was also passionate about animal cruelty and fascinated by diet information. Source: No Source

Marcus Volke was outspoken about violence against women. Pic: Facebook.

Marcus Volke was outspoken about violence against women. Pic: Facebook. Source: No Source

Friends of Ms Prasetyo have since revealed they had concerns about her husband saying he came across “extremely cold”.

Neighbours have also reported fighting coming from the apartment and it has emerged Mr Volke attended a hospital late last week and told staff his partner cut him in a domestic incident, according to the Courier Mail.

It was reports of a sickening stench, which one neighbour likened to dog food, that led police to knock on the door of the pair’s apartment to find the grisly scene.

Marcus Peter Volke. Pic: Facebook.

Marcus Peter Volke. Pic: Facebook. Source: Facebook

Police discovered Mr Volke in the filthy apartment, cooking body parts over the stove. When the man fled he inflicted a fatal knife wound to his throat, and detectives are treating the incident as a murder suicide.

Investigations are continuing into the horrific ordeal, and delving into the life of the chef who had no criminal history.

Friends remembered the pair as a beautiful married couple. Pic: Facebook.

Friends remembered the pair as a beautiful married couple. Pic: Facebook. Source: Facebook

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.”

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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 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 bodybuilding.com, 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’

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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

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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.

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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’.

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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

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 “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 bodybuilding.com, 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

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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.

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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

 

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