Man ac­quit­ted of mur­der in New Zealand woman’s bal­cony death

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

A man charged in the death of a New Zealand tourist who plum­meted from his apart­ment bal­cony after the two be­gan ar­gu­ing dur­ing a date was found not guilty of mur­der on Thurs­day.

A Queens­land state Supreme Court jury also ac­quit­ted Gable Tos­tee, 30, of the lesser of­fense of man­slaugh­ter in the death of 26-year-old War­riena Wright, who fell from Tos­tee’s bal­cony in 2014 after the two met through the dat­ing app Tin­der. He had faced a life sen­tence if con­victed.

Prose­cu­tors did not al­lege that Tos­tee threw Wright to her death, but had ar­gued she was so scared of Tos­tee that she fell 14 floors while try­ing to es­cape from his apart­ment bal­cony in the city of Gold Coast.

The two met for the first time the night she died, and went back to his apart­ment. Dur­ing the trial, pros­e­cu­tor Glen Cash said Tos­tee in­tim­i­dated and threat­ened Wright so much that she felt her only es­cape was to climb down from his bal­cony.

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