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.
Ms Wright, 26, met Mr Tostee on dating app Tinder while in Queensland for a two-week holiday.
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.”
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.
“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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Gold Coast Bulletin
August 13, 2014
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.
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.
“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.
In a previous post on bodybuilding.com, Mr Tostee detailed the efforts he went to in order to keep track of each sexual conquest.
“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.”
He also talked about watching people from his 14th-floor balcony, asking for advice on the best equipment.
“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.
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.
“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.