Accused balcony killer Gable Tostee will seek bail in the
Supreme Court after being remanded in custody over the death of
a 26-year-old Lower Hutt woman who plunged 14 floors to her
death from a Gold Coast high rise last week.
Tostee was arrested and charged with murder yesterday,
exactly a week after Warriena Tagpuno Wright fell to her
death from the balcony of his luxury apartment at the Avalon
tower in Surfers Paradise.
He was spared an appearance in Southport Magistrates Court
today when his lawyer, former police prosecutor Mick Purcell,
said he was not required in the dock, the Sunday Mail
Magistrate John Costanzo remanded Tostee in custody until
October 10 and ordered police provide a brief of evidence by
Outside court, Mr Purcell told Sunday Mail that Tostee
"maintains his innocence".
"We look forward to receiving the brief of evidence so we can
move on with the court process," he said.
"I have instructions to make application for bail in the
Supreme Court in the weeks to come."
Tostee's parents, Gray and Helene, were not in court to
support him, Sunday Mail reported.
Earlier, the Weekend Herald reported Tostee was well known
for his sexually unsettling and unsavoury behaviour around
women, according to Gold Coast locals.
Tostee, 28, had been banned from all the main Surfers
Paradise nightclubs. One woman told the Weekend Herald she
and her friends found him so "creepy" they fled his
Tostee fancied himself a ladies' man, boasting online of
having taken home as many as 150 women - many met through
online dating app Tinder.
Ms Wright, known as Rrie, arrived in Australia on July 29.
The 26-year-old was there for a 14-day holiday and a friend's
On August 6 she booked into a hotel on the Gold Coast. The
following night, she met Tostee after connecting on Tinder.
She later plummeted 14 storeys from his apartment balcony to
Yesterday, after a week of protesting his innocence, Tostee
was taken into the Southport police watchhouse and charged
with Ms Wright's murder.
Led through a side entrance in handcuffs, looking mildly
dishevelled in shorts and a T-shirt, Tostee looked altogether
different from the crisp, confident man pictured on his
social media pages on his balcony, with the Nerang River in
He had previously boasted online in chatrooms of making girls
feel special on Tinder by sending replica messages with a
typo, so they seemed unique.
In person, he had been described as - initially, at least -
confident and charming. But nightclubs had banned him because
of his unsettling and unsavoury behaviour.
Tostee would go out four or five times a week, usually by
himself. Sometimes he would spend the night drinking just
water, no ice. Bar staff say he would usually still be there
as they closed up, trying to speak to intoxicated girls.
He described himself as a "Superhero" on Facebook and there
were some positive accounts of his behaviour.
Ex-girlfriend Lauren Midgley told Australia's Channel 9 News
he wasn't a bad person: "I don't think he would ever, ever
hurt a girl."
However, a former bar worker said he had followed her to her
car after closing time more than once; another said he would
prowl the streets after bars had all closed, looking for
One nightclub employee said: "Everyone knows to keep away
from him. His reputation is he's just a weirdo, he'd just
Sammy Soden, 18, met Tostee about three months ago. She told
the Weekend Herald he was highly "sexual" in his Tinder
messages. And when he met her at Club Liv, he was drunk and
pawed her, she said.
She and two girlfriends went back to his apartment, where
she, too, said he was "creepy".
"I walked through the door and he lifted me up, threw me over
his shoulder and threw me on the couch," she said. "He was
The spot where Ms Wright fell is marked with bouquets of
flowers, a candle, a kiwi soft toy and a small New Zealand
Andrew Peckston, a friend of Ms Wright's, performed an
emotional haka at the scene yesterday.
He told Channel 9 he felt overwhelmed by the death of his
Tostee first approached police with his lawyer on Friday last
week, several hours after Ms Wright's death. He had left his
apartment before police arrived about 2.30am.
It's understood he had been holed up with his parents for the
Approached by the Weekend Herald hours before his client was
arrested yesterday, lawyer Michael Purcell said Tostee did
not want to speak but indicated he would plead not guilty to
murder and seek bail.
This week, Tostee wrote on an online bodybuilding forum:
"I've been advised not to go into details but all I will say
is that I absolutely did NOT cause this girl to fall and that
I am devastated about what happened to her."
He added: "Fact is I've taken home probably about 150 girls
from clubs over the last few years. When you go out often to
the same places and get drunk and talk to girls you're bound
to get noticed and hated on, and people gossip."
On his Facebook page, he rubbished reports that police had
seized sex tapes from his flat - an assertion a senior
detective backed up as "all lies".
In the past, Toste has meticulously logged his sexual
exploits. In a post about his 100th conquest, he described
the girl as "a drop in standards".
In another, he asked a girl who left his apartment without
having sex: "Do you know how many girls say they're not
interested in sleeping with someone right before they go
ahead and do it anyway? You can't blame me for trying."