Con­tro­ver­sial ‘Tin­der death’ in­ter­view airs in Aus­tralia

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

An Aus­tralian man ac­quit­ted of killing a woman on a Tin­der date has been asked if he is “heart­less” in a con­tro­ver­sial TV in­ter­view. New Zealand woman War­riena Wright fell to her death from Gable Tos­tee’s bal­cony on Queens­land’s Gold Coast in 2014. Last month, Mr Tos­tee was found not guilty of mur­der or man­slaugh­ter. Aus­tralia’s 60 Min­utes pro­gramme paid him A$150,000 ($115,000) for Sun­day’s in­ter­view, lo­cal me­dia said. Mr Tos­tee and Ms Wright had met through the dat­ing app Tin­der. Their night of drink­ing and con­sen­sual sex de­te­ri­o­rated into a drunken phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion that ended when he locked her on his bal­cony. The New Zealand tourist fell 14 floors to her death less than 30 sec­onds later. The ex­clu­sive in­ter­view fo­cused on Mr Tos­tee’s rec­ol­lec­tion of the events and a 199-minute au­dio record­ing he made se­cretly on the night. The same smart­phone record­ing that was used in court to ar­gue his guilt was also used to prove his in­no­cence. The au­dio re­veals Mr Tos­tee say­ing: “You’re lucky I haven’t chucked you off my [ex­ple­tive] bal­cony, you god­damn psy­cho lit­tle [ex­ple­tive].” The 30-year-old car­pet layer re­vealed that he of­ten recorded his nights out “just in case” some­thing hap­pened. “I used to go out quite a lot drink­ing, I don’t have the best mem­ory when I drink,” Mr Tos­tee said. “It’s bet­ter off hav­ing some­thing and not need­ing it than need­ing it and not hav­ing it.” Dur­ing the in­ter­view, Mr Tos­tee was quizzed about why he chose to lock Ms Wright on the bal­cony rather than eject her from his apart­ment. “(The al­ter­ca­tion) was a lot, lot closer to the bal­cony door, and it was wide open, and it was the log­i­cal op­tion at the time,” he said. He also ex­plained why he called a lawyer, rather than an am­bu­lance or the po­lice, im­me­di­ately after Ms Wright fell. “No­body is trained for a sit­u­a­tion like this. It’s like be­ing hit by light­ning. There is no right or wrong way to pro­ceed from there,” he said. “What had hap­pened had hap­pened, and there’s noth­ing an am­bu­lance could do to change that.”

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