Australia

Man acquitted after Tinder date fell off balcony faces backlash with TV interview

Raw video: Lawyer for Gable Tostee speaks for client after he was cleared on murder charges; Spokesperson delivers statement from Warriena Wright's family

 

An Australian man acquitted of murder last month after his Tinder date plummeted off a balcony to her death faced new criticism after he acknowledged in a TV interview that the woman had screamed “no” a reported 33 times before she fell.

“Yeah, she was certainly trying to make a lot of noise,” Gable Tostee commented in the interview, which aired on the Nine Network’s “60 Minutes.”

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Critics also lashed out after The Courier Mail claimed Tostee was paid a six-figure sum for the interview.  A senior detective called it “disgusting”.

The detective continued, “There’s a lot of anger among police about this. Of course we respect the court’s decision to find him not guilty but for him to now do a paid interview after everything this poor girl’s family has been through, is horrific.”

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Warriena Wright, 26, was visiting Australia from her native New Zealand when she arranged a rendezvous with Tostee using Tinder in 2014. The two went back to Tostee’s apartment where the meeting soon turned sour.

Glen Cash, the prosecutor in the case, alleged that Tostee became angry with Wright after she hit him with a telescope and ornamental rocks. The prosecutor also said Tostee choked and restrained her before locking her out of his apartment on the balcony.

“You’re lucky I haven’t chucked you off my balcony,” Tostee is heard saying in a recording. “If you try to pull anything, I’ll knock you out.”

Wright eventually fell from the balcony, plummeting 14 floors in what prosecutors viewed as her only way of escaping Tostee.

“I restrained her to stop her from attacking,” Tostee said.

“I don’t know what else to do. I wanted it to stop.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.