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Police allege Gable Tostee assaulted Warriena Wright before she plunged to her death from his 14th floor apartment on the Gold Coast

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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.

Gable Tostee has been charged with the murder of New Zealand tourist Warriena “Rrie” Wrig

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

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Rise and fall of flawed hermit Gable Tostee caught in fatal web of sex hook-ups

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Victim Warriena Tagpuno Wright.

Video | Tostee charged with murder

THEY stagger through the door of the modern high-rise apartment, the club music still ringing in their ears.

They’re drunk on booze and dance moves. He guides her into the living room, past the kitchen, the white leather couch, the modern dining setting, the art on the walls.

They’re checked by two cameras on the way through. The first kicked in when the front door swung open, following their progress into the unit.

The second follows them through the living area.

Perhaps they go out onto the balcony for a drink. Sometimes he does that with the girls he brings home.

Or maybe they go straight to the bedroom.

She’s not up to his usual standards. But she was well-endowed and girls had been rejecting his advances all night.

Besides, tonight was a milestone.

She was his 100th. Later, he would write down her name and the date.

He left her sleeping in his bed when they were done. He took his phone – a big-screened tablet with a live feed to his surveillance cameras – and stretched out on the couch.

“Ask a guy who just reached 100 girls slept with and is kinda depressed anything,’’ he wrote on bodybuilding.com under his well-worn screen name “GT’’.

“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 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’d kept track of all of them. Dates, names. The motion detection cameras. Call recording on his phone. Sometimes he’d hit the button on the voice recording app on his phone and leave it on as he cruised the clubs.

If he had too much to drink, he’d listen back to remind himself what had happened.

It was 2012 when Gable Tostee went online to claim his 100th conquest. A very different Gable from two years earlier. That Gable was a friendless hermit, outliving the shame of an incident that saw he and two schoolmates splashed across newspapers.

“I don’t even really bother getting numbers anymore, I’m too lazy,’’ he wrote from his couch.

But life hadn’t turned out quite the way he’d expected. What had changed, one forum user asked, to make him go from a life of solitude to bringing home a different girl each night?

“Not much except for my circumstances,’’ he replied.

“This is one of the things that gets me down. I imagined myself being different but I’m not sure I really am.’’

Gable was still a teenager when, in 2004, he and two of his mates got caught up in a business venture that would eventually come crashing down.

An autistic savant with severe obsessive compulsive disorder, Gable had always been shy at school. He’d made a few close friends,

He lost his friends. He retreated from society. He went to work with his father in property development and investment pursuits where his only contact was with people years older.

It was that year that he signed up to bodybuilding.com and began posting in its forums.

He spent a bit of time in the gym and began using the forum to ask for advice on dieting, protein and carbohydrate intakes.

Nobody knew who he was. He could ask anything. He asked about religion, gave his opinions on films, politics and where the world would be in 100 years.

“I don’t understand `faith’,’’ he wrote in 2005.

On another post about dreams, he wrote: “A few times I’ve dreamed that there is a new highly infectious disease killing off everyone in the world and I’m constantly trying to run from it.’’

For years he lived like this, tucked away at his computer.

And then, in 2010, he ran into an old friend at a restaurant.

He’d been one of Gable’s best friends before everything went wrong. The friend had been genuinely excited to see him.

“When I asked him what other friends were up to I realised how much things had changed and how much I have missed out on socially over the last half a decade,’’ he told his online community.

“The problem is that I don’t really know where to start, I feel like someone who has been teleported into the future.’’

It was the beginning of his new life, a life like any other 20-something on the Gold Coast. Mates, nights out. Girls.

Five days later he was back online.

“We went out last night and met these two girls,’’ he wrote.

“We were both dancing, kissing, talking for an hour with them, mine seemed pretty into me, wanted to meet again, hugged her goodbye outside and said I’d call her.

“They were on holidays and are leaving today.

“I called earlier but it was an answering machine so I texted her and haven’t had a reply.

“Should I call again, perhaps off a private number?’’

She’d said she wanted to see him again, he explained. But now she wasn’t returning his call. He agonised over it.

“Do you think it’s possible to close the deal in the same night with ANY girl if you’re good enough?’’ he asked.

A few days later he did just that.

It was a Friday night and he’d started talking to her at the bar. She was on holidays. Partying on the Glitter Strip in the height of summer.

He followed the advice of his forum pals. Be direct. Be more aggressive. It worked. He took her back to his car – and then back to his place when the heat drove them indoors.

The next night he met a different girl. He tried to take her home too. She gave him her number instead. He called and texted.

“I hope this isn’t a repeat of last time,’’ he wrote.

The weekends out continued. More phone numbers. More rejections.

“Is it normal to get screwed around like this? What’s the best way to deal with it?’’ he wrote.

On Australia Day eve he approached around 20 girls before one kissed him. Phone number. Rejection.

Three weeks after taking a girl back to his car, he found another willing candidate. They’d danced for a while before he suggested she follow him back to his place. She thought that was a good idea.

“It was important for me to get the second one out of the way so I knew the first wasn’t some kind of fluke,’’ Gable wrote.

His posts about girls became prolific. He discussed techniques, strategies. He weighed up what might have gone wrong and tried to improve on it the next time.

By December, he was a different person.

“Ask a guy who slept with 50 different girls in 2010 anything. Go!’’ he wrote.

By 2010, the tally was 100.

“I’m somewhat obsessed with recording everything,’’ he wrote when bragging of the milestone.

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

He’d put the cameras in after someone stole his keys, he explained. He’d even caught a woman taking his wallet on her way out.

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Gable Tostee charged with murder

AUSTRALIA | Woman plunges to death from Surfers Paradise apartment hours after meeting man via dating app

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IT WAS supposed to be a night of casual fun with a man she met online but a woman is now dead after falling 14 storeys from his Surfers Paradise apartment.

The 26-year-old woman was visiting Gable Tostee, 28, at his Avalon apartment after meeting him through an online dating app, believed to be Tinder.

Sources close to the investigation said the pair had been drinking and the woman was seen on the balcony prior to her death.

Police are investigating how she came to be outside after neighbours reported hearing a disturbance coming from the unit.

Homicide detectives have been called in to investigate.

Regional Crime Coordinator Detective Superintendent David Hutchinson said police were treating the death as suspicious as a matter of procedure.

“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,” he said.

Witnesses at the scene recalled hearing a scream and speculated that the woman may have slipped while trying to climb down the outside of the building.

The woman fell from the 14th floor about 2.30am and it is understood a witness contacted police immediately after seeing her fall.

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A woman known only as Tania told Channel 9 she had been left traumatised by the incident.

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

“It’s terrible, very upsetting.”

Police arrived a short time later but Mr Tostee had left the scene.

He handed himself in to detectives about 11am yesterday and was questioned for over two hours at Surfers Paradise Police Station.

 It is understood he was uncooperative with police during the interview and was later taken to Southport Police Station for forensic testing.

He was released without charge a couple of hours later.

Investigators are looking through CCTV footage from inside and outside the building to help unravel what led to the woman’s death.

Residents of the Avalon hotel woke to find a crime scene at the Wahroonga Place entrance, with Adam Wilson saying he had not heard anything from his 17th floor apartment.

“I had a visitor early in the morning to check the fire alarms and he rang to say he couldn’t get in so that was the first I heard of it,” he said.

“Police asked me a few questions this morning, just who I was and what floor I was on.”

News of the death quickly hit social media, with one person claiming to have heard a loud scream followed by a bang while waiting at a bus stop around the time the woman fell.

Mr Tostee is known to police, masterminding a $30,000 Schoolies fake identification racket in 2004.

Mr Tostee and his friends Ryan Lee Sara and Jeremy James Stahl produced at least 500 fake 18+ cards, which they sold for about $60 each, before they were caught.

The trio was placed on probation but a conviction was not recorded.

At the time Judge John Newton described Mr Tostee as intellectually gifted and advised him to better use his skills in the future.

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