Gable Tostee-What happened to Warriena Tagpuno Wright?

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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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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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Police Corruption on the Gold Coast

Police Corruption and rorts rife on Gold Coast

SERIOUS charges are set to be laid against 10 people, including current and former police, after allegations of Gold Coast police using drugs, associating with criminals and turning a blind eye to crimes including nightclub drug rapes.

Six police are also facing disciplinary action as a result of the Crime and Misconduct Commission‘s Operation Tesco probe into Gold Coast police misconduct.

The first day of Operation Tesco’s public hearings has heard explosive evidence of Coast police stroking the Gold Coast’s dark underbelly.

In his opening address, counsel assisting the inquiry, John Allen, said Operation Tesco was sparked after eyewitness accounts of  Gold Coast police taking drugs and being paid bribes by criminals for tip-offs.

Mr Allen said while the allegations were not proven, they were a ‘significant trigger’ for Tesco which had uncovered ‘significant evidence’ of police having improper associations with criminals and providing them with confidential information.

The inquiry was told drugs including 30 ecstasy pills and two bags of amphetamine were found during a raid in January this year on a Brisbane apartment where a Gold Coast police officer codenamed G7, and associates including a suspected drug supplier, were staying.

During secret hearings, officer G7 admitted to taking ecstasy, using and supply ‘black market‘ steroids and receiving $100 drink cards at Surfers Paradise nightclubs and improperly processing bouncer licence applications.

Officer G7 had also admitted to using the police computer to do criminal checks on girlfriends.

Another officer, D1, admitted to associating with drug dealers and said the receipt of free drinks was ‘common knowledge’ among senior police. He said Gold Coast police also received free McDonald’s meals and tickets to Gold Coast Titans games.

The hearing was also told that the use of ‘blue light taxis’ to ferry off-duty officers, friends and family to and from nightclubs and social functions was a longstanding and accepted practice among Gold Coast police.

Mr Allen said there were reports some police whistleblowers were ‘harassed, intimidated, victimised and humiliated’ for co-operating with the inquiry.

He said the CMC expected to lay charges against one current and one former officer and recommend disciplinary action against a further six officers.

“Criminal charges are also expected to be laid against eight civilians, most of those being in connection with serious drug offences,” he said.

The hearing is set to run for five days and will continue this afternoon with the first police witnesses.