Police investigating the Gold Coast death of Lower Hutt
woman Warriena Wright are examining a case – nearly 30 years
old - in which a a fleeing woman fell to her death.
The Courier Mail reported today that officers attempting to
stack up a murder charge against 28-year-old Gable Tostee in
the Wright case were examining a 1986 murder case in which
33-year-old tattooist Kim William Royall was convicted of
killing his partner after she fell six floors to her death in
a bid to escape him.
Kelly Healey was in the shower when Royall broke smashed the
bathrooms door open and punched her in the face while
Ms Healey then climbed out of the window and fell more than
20 metres to her death.
Royall was found guilty of murder despite not landing a fatal
blow or pushing her.
Police sources told the Courier Mail they were assessing
whether that trial may be applicable in their case against
Tostee for the murder of 26-year-old Ms Wright.
Ms Wright died early on August 8 after falling 14 floors from
the balcony of Tostee's Gold Coast apartment.
It is understood police will base their case on the fact she
was in fear for her life and was trying to evade Tostee when
Police said neighbours heard a woman scream "no, no, no" and
"I just want to go home" during the incident.
The pair met on dating app Tinder and it has since been
revealed that Tostee fancied himself a ladies' man, boasting
online of having taken home as many as 150 women - many of
whom he met through the app.
Ms Wright, known as Rrie, arrived in Australia on July 29.
She was there for a 14-day holiday and a friend's wedding.
After his appearance in court on Friday, Magistrate John
Costanzo remanded Tostee in custody until October 10 and
ordered police provide a brief of evidence by September 30.
Outside court, his lawyer Mick Purcell said his client
maintained his innocence.