‘‘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.
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.
Source : http://www.couriermail.com.au/