Details emerge about woman who died fleeing from Tinder date

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Audio and testimony given in a murder trial in Australia today reveal the final disturbing moments of 26-year-old Warriena Wright's life, just before she fell 14 stories to her death trying to escape her Tinder date, 30-year-old Gable Tostee. Tostee had allegedly locked her out on the balcony after physical and verbal fighting, refusing to let her leave. Tostee is charged with murder, and has pleaded not guilty.

It's a bizarre, extreme case of a Tinder date gone horribly wrong that's being advanced as a nightmarish cautionary tale about online dating. Wright, a New Zealand resident in Australia on holiday for two weeks for a friend's wedding, met Tostee on Tinder in August, 2014. Nearly a week after matching the pair agreed to meet in person. Reports say they bought beer and then headed to Tostee's apartment in Gold Coast, Queensland, in an area called Surfer's Paradise.

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GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 14: Flowers are seen at the Avalon apartment building in Surfers Paradise where a woman fell to her death from a balcony. Police are appealing for public assistant at Surfers Paradise Police Centre on August 14, 2014 in Gold Coast, Australia. The woman has been identified as 26-year-old Warriena Tagpuno Wright from New Zealand. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 14: Marreza Wright (R) speaks to media with a family friend in relation to the death of a her sister who fell from a balcony at Surfers Paradise apartment building. They are appealing for public assistant at Surfers Paradise Police Centre on August 14, 2014 in Gold Coast, Australia. The woman has been identified as 26-year-old Warriena Tagpuno Wright from New Zealand. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 14: Marreza Wright speaks to the media in relation to the death of a her sister who fell from a balcony at Surfers Paradise apartment building. They are appealing for public assistant at Surfers Paradise Police Centre on August 14, 2014 in Gold Coast, Australia. The woman has been identified as 26-year-old Warriena Tagpuno Wright from New Zealand. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 14: Regional Crime Coordinator for the South Eastern Police Region, Detective Superintendent Dave Hutchinson speaks to media in relation to the death of a woman who fell from a balcony at Surfers Paradise apartment building. They are appealing for public assistant at Surfers Paradise Police Centre on August 14, 2014 in Gold Coast, Australia. The woman has been identified as 26-year-old Warriena Tagpuno Wright from New Zealand. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 14: Marreza Wright (R) speaks to media with a family friend in relation to the death of a her sister who fell from a balcony at Surfers Paradise apartment building. They are appealing for public assistant at Surfers Paradise Police Centre on August 14, 2014 in Gold Coast, Australia. The woman has been identified as 26-year-old Warriena Tagpuno Wright from New Zealand. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 14: General view of the Avalon apartment building in Surfers Paradise where a woman fell to her death from a balcony. Police are appealing for public assistant at Surfers Paradise Police Centre on August 14, 2014 in Gold Coast, Australia. The woman has been identified as 26-year-old Warriena Tagpuno Wright from New Zealand. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 14: General view of the Avalon apartment building in Surfers Paradise where a woman fell to her death from a balcony. Police are appealing for public assistant at Surfers Paradise Police Centre on August 14, 2014 in Gold Coast, Australia. The woman has been identified as 26-year-old Warriena Tagpuno Wright from New Zealand. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 16: Lawyer Michael Purcell representing Gable Tostee is seen outside the Southport Magistrate Court. Gable Tostee has been charged with the murder of Warriena Wright at Southport Magistrate Court on August 16, 2014 in Gold Coast, Australia. New Zealander tourist, Warriena Wright, died on Friday 8 August allegedly from a balcony fall at an apartment building in Surfers Paradise. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 16: Lawyer Michael Purcell representing Gable Tostee is seen outside the Southport Magistrate Court. Gable Tostee has been charged with the murder of Warriena Wright at Southport Magistrate Court on August 16, 2014 in Gold Coast, Australia. New Zealander tourist, Warriena Wright, died on Friday 8 August allegedly from a balcony fall at an apartment building in Surfers Paradise. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 14: Regional Crime Coordinator for the South Eastern Police Region, Detective Superintendent Dave Hutchinson and Marreza Wright arrive to speak to media in relation to the death of her sister who fell from a balcony at Surfers Paradise apartment building. They are appealing for public assistant at Surfers Paradise Police Centre on August 14, 2014 in Gold Coast, Australia. The woman has been identified as 26-year-old Warriena Tagpuno Wright from New Zealand. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 14: Marreza Wright arrives to speak to media in relation to the death of a her sister who fell from a balcony at Surfers Paradise apartment building. They are appealing for public assistant at Surfers Paradise Police Centre on August 14, 2014 in Gold Coast, Australia. The woman has been identified as 26-year-old Warriena Tagpuno Wright from New Zealand. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
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Prosecutor Glen Cash said the two drank and were intimate, and took a few selfies together, but then things turned ugly. For some reason, Tostee took three hours of audio during the evening, and the pair can be heard listening to music and talking, and then Wright begins hitting Tostee. Tostee cries out and asks her to stop, saying, "That's enough." Wright eventually tries to gather her things to leave. Then she gets upset that she can't find her phone, threatening to notify police. "I will f***ing destroy your jaw," she says. "It's not f***ing funny."

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From there, the prosecution says Tostee gets increasingly angry, and Wright sounds scared, and that Tostee can be heard trying to choke and strangle Wright before he locks her out on the balcony. Other reports on the audio played say Tostee also tells Wright he should've never given her so much to drink, and that it could be much worse. "You're lucky I haven't chucked you off my balcony you God damn psycho bitch," he said. "You're not going to collect any belongings, you're just going to walk out. If you try to pull anything I'll knock you out, I'll knock you the fuck out. Do you understand?"

Wright can be heard screaming no over 30 times as Wright locks her out, pleading that she wants to go home. The audio also recorded her screaming as she fell.

Two neighbors overheard that fighting and screaming, and saw Wright fall to her death, bouncing off balconies on the way down. One, Tostee's neighbor in the apartment directly below, said she heard muffled arguing between a man and a woman, banging, and then a woman screaming in panic "no, no, no," to let her go. "I opened the door and looked up and these legs were in the air and I froze and the body fell onto the railing of my balcony," the neighbor said.

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Tostee maintains he didn't throw or push Wright off the balcony, but prosecutor Cash said that by locking Wright out onto the balcony and not letting her leave, that Tostee had, in effect, threatened and intimidated her into feeling she had no other choice but to attempt a dangerous, ultimately fatal escape.

Tostee's defense positions him as a victim of Wright's violence, a man who had no choice but to protect himself and his home after Wright wouldn't stop hitting him and throwing things at him — decorative rocks, and part of a telescope.

Tostee allegedly called his father after Wright fell to her death, saying, eerily, "Dad this is really f—ed up, why does this s— keep happening to me," reports say. "I swear to God I didn't push her, I just chucked her out on the balcony because she was beating me up. Oh my God, I hope she's not dead."

More audio is set to be released over the next six days of the trial. If convicted, Tostee faces life in prison.

The post Details Emerge About Woman Who Died Fleeing From Tinder Date appeared first on Vocativ.


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