Gable Tostee-What happened to Warriena Tagpuno Wright?

There has to be so much more to this sad story folks…I have never seen such a wanker, whether he killed her or not. Cannot help but feel he may be getting some inside help from the emails I’m getting.

Major update 6th Jan 2015

Gold Coast murder accused Gable Tostee splits with lawyer days before start of trial

Gabe Tostee pictured entering a Surfers Paradise Medical Centre. Picture Mike Batterham

Gabe Tostee pictured entering a Surfers Paradise Medical Centre. Picture Mike Batterham

ACCUSED balcony killer Gable Tostee has split from high-profile defence lawyer Terry O’Gorman only days before he faces court charged with the murder of a New Zealand tourist.

The self-confessed Gold Coast playboy, who has boasted of bedding more than 150 women, is accused of the death of Warriena “Rrie” Tagpuno Wright, who fell from his 14th-floor apartment just hours after they met on the dating app Tinder.

After his arrest in August, Tostee enlisted high-profile Gold Coast law firm Potts Lawyers but he split with them weeks later to take representation from civil liberties crusader Terry O’Gorman.

However, now days before Tostee is due to face court on a charge of murder, he has also split with O’Gorman, one of Queensland’s most experienced and respected lawyers.

His new lawyer is Nick Dore from Fisher Dore.

Meanwhile, detectives working on the case are dealing with Tinder executives in the United States to gather key evidence.Tostee’s mobile phone and computer have already been seized as evidence.

Police will allege a three-hour audio recording extracted from a mobile phone places Tostee and Miss Wright in his apartment in the moments leading up to the death of the New Zealander, who was on the Gold Coast to attend a friend’s wedding.

A three-hour audio file, exactly matching the copy obtained by police, was last month uploaded to a Canadian website. It was deleted days later, along with a post on an online bodybuilding forum.

Now on bail, Tostee has been banned from contacting women on social media.

He is due to face Southport Magistrates Court on Monday.

Update Jan 3rd 2015

Accused Gold Coast balcony killer Gable Tostee poses for pic with alpaca

Facebook pircture of Gable Tostee with a llama.

Facebook picture of Gable Tostee with an alpaca.

ACCUSED balcony killer Gable Tostee has used his bail time to update his Facebook profile with a bizarre picture of an alpaca.

The picture was posted just days ago, before the Gold Coast playboy removed public access to his page.

RECORDING: Audio of balcony death posted online

FREED: Tostee wins conditional bail

Tostee’s bail conditions prohibit him from using a social media service to contact women.

In another twist, an internet user with intimate knowledge of the case has taken to online forums to defend the accused killer.

The same person appears to be behind profiles on several different sites – all created in December – challenging anyone who claims Tostee is responsible for the death of New Zealand tourist Warriena Wright.

While many users have accused the person of being Tostee – or a close friend of his – the poster claims to be someone who has “studied (the case) in detail”.

Ms Wright, 26, fell 14 floors to her death after climbing over the balcony of Tostee’s Gold Coast apartment. Tostee has been charged with murder.

Accused balcony murderer Gable Tostee walks free on bail

Accused balcony murderer Gable Tostee walks free on bail

The pair met on August 7 through dating app Tinder. A three-hour recording made by Tostee – who has admitted to often using his phone to record his evenings with women – will be used by police to claim Ms Wright was in fear for her life when she tried to climb to the floor below.

But Tostee will use the same recording to show he locked the New Zealander outside to prevent her attacking him. The audio captures an increasingly frustrated Tostee making repeated requests for a slurring Ms Wright to “calm down” and stop hitting him.

The forum posts, some made as recently as yesterday, refer to information not widely reported – including Ms Wright’s height.

In response to one forum user who described Tostee as a “very large man” and Ms Wright as “tiny”, the poster, calling themselves “Aware”, says: “She is 5’6” (not tiny), does Muay Thai. Tostee is 9 inches taller than her, but he is not large. Nor is he a bodybuilder as falsely reported.”

“She’s no wallflower, that’s for sure. Tostee was scared, and had to take action.”

Last month, Tostee used his account on to post more than 2000 words proclaiming his innocence.

The full audio recording of the night, capturing Ms Wright’s fall, was leaked online several days earlier.

Update 6th September 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gable Tostee arrested

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

update 17th August 2014

Gable Tostee assaulted Warriena Wright before she plunged to her death

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

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

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

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

BALCONY PLUNGE: Victim’s last moments caught on tape

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

HIDDEN CAMERAS: Love rat had his apartment wired

TRAGEDY: Final hours of tragic high-rise victim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Death fall man ‘recorded everything’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gable Tostee pictured at a Surfers Paradise nightclub.

Gable Tostee pictured at a Surfers Paradise nightclub.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gable Tostee is understood to have been obsessed with recording.

Gable Tostee is understood to have been obsessed with recording.

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

Gable Tostee’s Tinder account profile

Gable Tostee’s Tinder account profile

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Police have confirmed the death is being treated as suspicious.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

352 thoughts on “Gable Tostee-What happened to Warriena Tagpuno Wright?

  1. The plot thickens. What an evil predator. I’ve said in an earlier post that this Tosser brings to mind the murderer Van Der Sloot from Aruba, and I’d say even more so now!
    ‘A sound consistent with a sliding door being closed’- was he out there with her? Report says that before the door closes the female was making choking sounds for approx 1 minute. Tosser is heard to say that she tried to ‘kill him” by hitting him with something. (I would too if someone was choking me out!). Interesting how he seems to be making statements that are playing to the recording. He even says to her it’s all being recorded. I’m guessing this is all part of his warped game (before someone actually died). But when things went wrong and she fell and died he then tried to hide the recording! G U I L T Y of murder!


  2. It’s certainly going to be a messy one, including all of these assorted noises and recorded statements.

    I guess what’s going to be brought up at his Trial is the lack of shouts for help from her to others, considering that Gold Coast highrises are packed in like sardines…..and a number of people were witnessing what was going on.


  3. Haven’t heard of any actual eye witnesses but this – ‘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.’ There are accounts of a female screaming stop and help at 3 different times before she fell. :(


  4. Thanks ML.

    I still don’t know why they haven’t charged him with Deprivation of Liberty though.

    Unfortunately his Bail Hearing won’t reveal much….other than the Police allegations that are already in the Press. His team will be keeping their cards very close to their chest for the actual Trial.

    I still think he’ll get Bail….but it is a 50/50. The Police suggestion that he’d been back on ‘Social Media’ is a bit wishy washy. They haven’t made Social Media an offence yet.


  5. I don’t usually manage to post links successfully, but giving it a go below with this report from the Australian. Does any one understand how there is scope for even a manslaughter charge, if it is the case that he locked her on the balcony and she then climbed over and fell? Will the prosecution rely on a case that she had reasonable grounds to fear for her life if she remained on the balcony? The article says that bail hearing has been delayed whilst the judge looks into the possibility of Tostee being on the autism spectrum, however from the way it is reported the judge does seem to agree that there is a ‘prima facie’ case for manslaughter.


  6. Well done Poppy…..successful link.

    They tend towards finding ‘prima facie’ when there’s only two people involved and one of them’s now dead. It’s a fairly black and white view at this early stage.

    His Defence Lawyer would agree to the ‘prima facie’ assessment. His options are to dispute it at the Bail Hearing and show his cards or more or less let it go straight to Trial and then show what he’s got. Bail is always going to be fairly subjective and can very easily go either way on a bit of a whim. (If you aren’t the one sitting in a cell)

    From previous Media reports the Police are seemingly relying on that old case where the victim was escaping a serious assault. I think they’re stretching it with this one in the middle of the Glitter Strips highrises.

    That’s the problem with cases that attract a large Media scrum…..someone always wants to play the leading man.

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    • Reports are suggesting the sex and fighting went on inside. Only after he choked her did he kick her out on the balcony and lock the door. Those apt blocks are made out of concrete and can be very sound proof, but still folks heard screaming. I envisage this predator picks up girls quickly via Tinder, gets them wasted, (perhaps drugs them??), and plays out games that he records for his own sick satisfaction. This time things went wrong. Maybe she wasn’t incapacitated enough for him and he wasn’t in total control which spoilt the game for him. ??

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  7. If you choke someone out for at least a minute that’s attempted murder. If you then threaten them and lock them in an enclosed space, it would be fair for the victim to assume her life is in serious danger and she needed to get away. Keep in mind Tosser is on the record as saying “I shouldn’t have given you so much to drink” so she was probably pretty out of it, panicked and went over. I’m keen to know if he drugged her too. This would go more towards a murder charge!

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  8. It seems that the recordings are going to be the focus and what various sounds were….or weren’t. It reminds me a bit of the ‘Secret Sounds’ contest that Radio Stations are fond of. I’m sure that both sides are lining up their Audio ‘Experts’.

    Whatever way it goes I think we can be assured that every recorded word and every recorded ‘bump’ is going to be gone over and over.

    It’ll be interesting to see if they drag up old boyfriends/girlfriends of the pair to get an idea of their respective ‘fetish’ leading up to and including sex.

    I’m sure her threat to “….go vampire on your arse” will get a good run. As well as the “ninja” remark from her. I remember watching “The Samurai” as a kid….those Ninjas were always climbing in and out of buildings.

    I think Murder will be hard to prove if he wasn’t on the balcony. They’ll need motive and intent and if she climbed over the rail…..that’s her intention.

    I see there’s two witnesses directly under his Apartment who were looking up watching her. One said…”I didn’t say anything to her and she didn’t say anything to me”…..which seems to suggest that they saw each other and her immediate fear wasn’t all that high.

    His comment about “Giving you so much to drink” suggests that she got stuck into his booze over the 5 hours they were in his apartment.

    Even ‘hooking up’ at 9pm is going to raise eyebrows.


  9. Agreed BR. Have a look at the balconies though, seems hard to believe she could have imagined she’d reach the one below (in a normal state of mind). The balconies look as if they are lined up so hard to imagine how she eyeballed the neighbour. The front on images of the building show the next door (and down slightly) balconies which at first I thought she must have been going for but from another angle you see they are off set back from a concrete pillar.
    The vampire and ninja comments may have been made lightly or as an attempt to lighten a mood? I can imagine being locked in with this dude, and at a certain point you may feel very fearful and try and go along with things so’s not to get him angry. Maybe… we’ll see when it all come out. I remember years ago getting into a situation where I thought- oh dear this doesn’t feel right. Why is this guy’s personality shifting? And how can I lighten the vibe and get to a safe area where there are other people around? (having had one or two too many to drink).


  10. Sure ML….’talking your way out’ is the way to go and unfortunately as you highlighted some peoples personality does turn when they’ve had a couple. It must be a bit grim to wind up with someone only to find this out as time goes by. Good advice would probably be to have a few too many with someone (in a safe place) to see what happens to them before any commitment is made.

    I’ve never enjoyed staying in highrises (with balconies), I’ve always wondered how many people have gone over the edge of similar places because the means is right there staring at you…..not that I think she committed suicide.

    I know during ‘Schoolies’ that kids climb between balconies with booze under their belts and she wasn’t that much older.

    Her Toxicology will be interesting especially after being in there for 5 hours and of course anything before 9pm when she hooked up with him…..which I’d assume she did with something running through her system?


  11. ML
    I had a look at the balconies…at least in the photos we have here. They appear to be directly under each other i.e. someone leaning over the top could see someone leaning out from underneath reasonably easily.


  12. I think Manslaughter is even weaker than Murder.

    At least with Murder it could be argued that she had no alternative to making the climb to escape a serious assault which he intended.

    Manslaughter is just ‘Unlawfully Killing’ (without Intent) and he’s inside with the witnesses watching her climbing over the balcony railing.


  13. He is doing that right now, without the ‘system’ rushing anything through.

    Which of course is fine….for those we don’t have much time for.

    I guess it might be different if it was ourselves….our kids or someone we knew and the days turned into weeks which turned into months as the system casually rolled along.


    • I just think he needs some time out from society to have a think about his behaviour.

      Advertising yourself on dating sites to fish for hundreds of women to bring home with the intention of plying with alcohol & recording sexual encounters (I bet they have no idea they’re being recorded) is disturbing.

      At first look of all the evidence so far it seems he’s supplied her alcohol (maybe something more-toxicology report?), locked her out on the balcony to intimidate her and she’s tried to escape the situation by attempting to scale down to the next level intoxicated. She was obviously feeling threatened enough to risk scaling down a multi-level building..


      • To be fair, if this argument for GT having forced time out from society is to be accepted, then we need to accept that women

        “Advertising…[ themselves].. on dating sites to fish for hundreds of …[men]…to bring home…[or go home with on a first meeting]… with the intention of being plied with…[or voluntarily sharing copious amounts of]…alcohol…[and/or illicit drugs with strange men in their apartments]…&…[being the a subject in]… recording sexual encounters (I bet…[a percentage of women who hook up with strangers, to do alcohol/drugs in unknown apartments would not object to being recorded and may even enjoy]…being recorded) is disturbing.”

        I just think women like this “…need some time out from society to have a think about… [their]… behaviour”

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  14. Yes ACE2, it could be viewed that way.

    It wouldn’t be much of a stretch to also believe that she happily consumed his (or her) booze and anything else that might be found in her system, afterall she was on the hunt at 9pm, it wasn’t as though it was a lunchtime coffee shop date.

    With all of the bangs and clatters and maybe a bit of a blue, he could very easily have locked her out on the balcony to try and figure out what to do next rather than risk more damage inside.

    The “No…No…No” could have been almost anything. No…no…no….don’t you try and get away from me, no….no…no…..don’t you push me out the door etc etc.

    Plenty of people have balcony hopped. The one common factor is that they’re pissed.

    I’m sure his Defence team will have 8×10 colour glossy photos of drunks climbing balconies.

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  15. The recorded conversations are now on the Courier Mail website.

    They’re both pretty pissy and it seems that she was locked out on the balcony after getting a bit ‘fiesty’ (to say the least). It also seems that her decision to ‘balcony hop’ wasn’t made out of fear, just fairly poor (and pissed) decision making.

    The problem for the Prosecution is that she didn’t make much ….or any attempt to get help from the neighbours who were looking at her. He’d locked the door to keep her separated from him.


  16. At this point, reading what is publicly available (though unable to hear the recordings so don’t know the significance/weight – if any- audio interpretations might render a criminal charge) it’s hard for me to see a case for manslaughter or murder. The police appear to have jumped the gun. Will be interesting to see if they push on or drop the current charges. As has been mentioned, surely a dep of liberty charge would need to be proved before even manslaughter charge considered.


    • Actually, deprivation of liberty is the only charge that makes sense at the moment. He locked her out on the balcony without her phone, which was strangely found in his pocket. I’m thinking death by misadventure, if we have that charge in Aus. I don’t know why he didn’t lock her outside the front door. Sounds like he was just wanting to scare her or teach her a lesson.


  17. ” FROM JAIL WITH LOVE ” Saturday, September 13, 2014.
    ACCUSED playboy balcony killer Gable Tostee has taken to social media from behind bars to protest his innocence and declare that he hopes “this nightmare will be over soon”.
    Mr Tostee’s Facebook account was reactivated yesterday from jail, despite him being held in custody over the alleged murder of young kiwi tourist Warriena Wright last month.
    Police this week opposed his Supreme Court bail application because of his “blatant disregard for human life and propensity for violence” and fears he will “recommence using social media”.
    Mr Tostee met Ms Wright, who plunged to her death from the balcony of his 14th -floor apartment in Surfers Paradise on August 8, through dating app Tinder. Police allege he continued to use Tinder after Ms Wrights death and has had contact with more than 250 women since march.
    Mr Tostee took to Facebook saying “I have been in custody for almost a month now for a crime I did not commit and have lost contact with almost everyone”. ” I maintain my absolute
    innocence and hope that this nightmare will be over soon”. Herald

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  18. Once again, like Patel, like Baden Clay, we have a bloodthirsty media attempting to subvert the course of justice. How can the poor bloke receive a fair trial when his entire life is being dug up and shown to the entire world? It’s a character assassination. Whether or not he was a philanderer, or a rapist, or a sicko that does not matter. What matters is the facts. What happened on the night in question – did he cause her death? That is a fair trial. I am starting a facebook page to try and counteract the media circus –

    Imagine if it happened to you? Would you want your life dug up? Fair go, Australia.


  19. If their ‘fear’ is that he’ll use Social Media again, it goes to show the strength of their case.

    How wishy washy can you get. The Magistrate should give them a blast.


    • I think the point the police were making re GT using social media in connection with his app for bail was in regard to him setting up and going on more dates whist on bail…something like; police premise (a) – GT is dangerous in that he has a “callous disregard” for human life and (b) he is addicted or whatever to organising dates via social media ie tinder; leading to police argument (2) refuse his bail application because he will likely put women in danger if released on bail because he will invariably use tinder and/or whatever social media to go on more dates which =s, (in accordance with police premise (1) above, danger to women.

      The police had begun trying to argue this to bail judge at last week’s bail app hearing before the bail app judge requested more info on GT’s prior diagnoses or at least medical records if not diagnoses around autistic spectrum disorder. The bail app was deferred, so GT is back in custody waiting for the new bail app date. We have to assume he’s free to use social media from his holding cell in the interim.

      If the police argument for refusal of bail gets up next time (assuming they re-pursue it or even the charges) then I’m not aware of whether those refused bail and awaiting trial are permitted access to social media? I’d guess not as compromising the future trial would be an issue.

      Re the police premise for refusing bail, sounds to me as complicated and confusing as the murder/manslaughter charge where there is no report of police laying a dep of liberty charge. Just very, very messy.


      • He wouldn’t have access to the Internet at R&R. He would have passed that message on to someone else to post on his behalf.

        My concern re the ‘Social Media’ thing is that it’s a moralistic argument. Social Media and dating in general isn’t unlawful…..even his history of using it.

        The Courts really need to stick to the guidelines and not start making it up.

        To get bail the Court needs to be satisfied that….
        He’s not a flight risk…..he’s a Qld resident, along with his parents.
        He’s not going to re-offend……no evidence of offending behaviour. (as opposed to moral behaviour)
        He’s not going to interfere with witnesses… suggestion.
        He’s got stable and suitable accommodation….presumably his parents who do support him.

        If the Police wanted to use his ‘dating’ history, it should work in his favour. It seems that he’s had hundreds of previous ‘dates’ with no actual complaint. Something that the Defence will bring up at his Trial no doubt.


        • Yeah I agree. He should get bail. Also, as his picture has gone everywhere, if he did get back on Tinder, I doubt he’d get any dates. Maybe just a meet out of curiosity. I’d run a mile if I was on that site and he contacted me.

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  20. Lucky Gable Tostee is in custody.

    Another woman has just gone off the Beachcomber in Surfers Paradise after people heard yelling. They don’t know what floor yet.

    Courier Mail reports.


        • Well, my shoulder is a little sore. How do you know this stuff so quick? I’m even down here and checked all the news sites, zip. Unless…. Where were you at approximately 3.45pm on the afternoon of the 16th of September? And you better make it a good response otherwise TCR will find you guilty :)


          • You know how it goes….. all of the Mini Golf courses are full….. IPAD….a little Tinder time… and the next thing I know I’m hiding behind a pillar in the carpark.


            • F*#king mini golf! the reason for all the worlds problems.

              Haven’t heard anymore so might be suicide. A poor old lady in Thailand jumped into a crocodile enclosure and got ripped apart via suicide. I’m losing faith in hiw happy we really are here


              • Yes, that’s my assumption after it disappeared from the headlines.

                Mini Golf is rigged. Who really knows what happens when the ball goes inside the windmill?


                • I have never been good at mini golf, so that means I’m not one of Gods chosen? Actually I’ve never been good at any sport, I’m sportally challenged. It must be suicide about the girl at Beachcombers as we don’t hear anymore if it is. I’m so sad with the world. The beheadings of innocents and the lack of compassion and empathy. I feel like I don’t belong here anymore. My partner was taken away by the police tonight after he called them on me, I’m 5 foot 2 and he’s 6 foot. I think that’s how he sees his power. Unfortunately for him he also pulled a gun signal with his fingers threatening to shoot me and now I have to go to court tomorrow to get a restraining order, by myself.

                  Do you remember those 3D pictures that you had to loo at cross eyed to see the meaning of the pictures? Me neither! :)


                  • I didn’t need the glasses. I ignored my fathers advice about going cross eyed.

                    Good luck tomorrow. Don’t guild the lilly or give in….not that you would, but that would be my advice. Straight down the middle and then there’s no repercussions. At least that’s the theory.


  21. Another woman (also from NZ and on a visit) with limited capacity for self protecting and self caring behaviours meets a strange man and then his strange mates via Tinder. The odds she played did not pay off and it appears she has become the victim of multiple sexual assault. I hope the offenders are apprehended soon. In the meantime and into the future, this poor women will, like poor Warriena Wright, stand as examples of how not to take care of yourself when meeting and socialising with strangers. And text below.

    “Woman gang-raped by Tinder date and his friends
    Date October 8, 2014 – 4:04PM
    Police are warning online daters to be careful of meeting with strangers after a tourist was gang-raped after being introduced to a man she met on mobile dating app Tinder.

    Sex crime detectives say the 28-year-old woman had flown to Sydney from New Zealand for business when she decided to meet up with a man she initially met through the dating app on Saturday night.

    The woman told police she met the man at a Kings Cross restaurant before going with him to a bar in Martin Place.

    After this a number of the man’s friends showed up.

    “Later on that night, the woman began to feel dizzy and numb, and lost her bearings,” a NSW Police spokesman said.

    The woman said she later found herself at a property and had no idea where she was. A number of men then sexually assaulted her.

    Police say the woman was eventually able to leave the property on Sunday morning.

    She confided in her work colleagues who then informed police.

    After being treated at hospital on Monday, the woman gave a formal statement to police on Tuesday.

    Detectives are confident they will find the woman’s attackers but in the meantime want to warn people to be “very careful” when meeting people online.

    “The vast majority of people who use dating websites and apps do so for the right reasons, but there are a number of sexual predators out there who use modern technology to find potential victims,” Detective Inspector Michael Haddow said.

    “We regularly remind people, children and parents in particular, that the use of the internet by sexual predators is an issue they need to be well aware of.

    “All those warnings we give to children are applicable to adults.”

    Detective Inspector Haddow suggested those meeting strangers online should think about bringing a friend along.

    “It’s absolutely vital that people using dating websites and apps remember that how a person portrays themselves on the internet can be very different from their real life persona,” Detective Inspector Haddow said.

    “With this in mind, we strongly advise people that if they decide to meet a person they have been introduced to via the internet, then ensure the meeting is in a public place and take a friend along with you.

    “Having a friend there ensures that one of you can always keep an eye on your drink, and you have someone to turn to who can help you out should you feel threatened or uncomfortable.

    “If it’s not possible to bring a friend with you, then, at the very least, stay in regular contact with a family member or friend, keeping them abreast of how the night is going and where you may be heading to.”

    It is understood the distraught woman has flown home to New Zealand where she is being supported by friends.

    The sexual assault comes two months after a man was charged with murdering a New Zealand tourist he met through Tinder on the Gold Coast in August.

    Gable Tostee, 28, is accused of killing Warriena Wright, 26, who fell to her death from the 14th floor of a high-rise on August 8. “


    • False alarm on the above it seems. The woman has retracted her statement and returned to NZ. It’s not clear from media reports why she retracted and as far as I can tell the police have not released that info. Sensationalist outlets are declaring “fabrication”, however the truth is that we don’t know the truth. And if she was as out of it as claimed in the original story, she may not even be cognisant of what happened (if she was sexually assaulted – ie without consent owing to being unconscious). Whatever the truth I hope she takes better care around strangers in the future.


  22. Robbo, there’s a couple things you could update on. Like this (I think it’s him, personally, having interacted with all these accounts). Check him out, openly mocking Warriena’s many posing=with-animals pics. What an arse.

    In another twist, an internet user with intimate knowledge of the case has taken to online forums to defend the accused killer.

    The same person appears to be behind profiles on several different sites – all created in December – challenging anyone who claims Tostee is responsible for the death of New Zealand tourist Warriena Wright.

    Also, Tostee and O’Gorman have parted ways:

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