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"It really is hell." Gable Tostee speaks for the first time since being found not guilty of murder.

Mamamia Mamamia 23/10/2016 Belinda Jepsen
Warriena Wright fell to her death from Gable Tostee's Surfers Paradise apartment after the pair had met through dating app Tinder in August 2014. © AAP Image/Queensland Police Warriena Wright fell to her death from Gable Tostee's Surfers Paradise apartment after the pair had met through dating app Tinder in August 2014.

The trial attracted media attention around the world, referred to in headlines as The Tinder Balcony Murder. But last week, after four days of deliberation and a near miss-trial, a jury found accused Gable Tostee not guilty – a process he’s described as “hell”.

The 30-year-old remained tight lipped in front of the cameras last week, but Channel 7 has obtained a text message in which he opened up to a friend about the process.

“It really is hell to go through this and wouldn’t wish it on anyone. Especially after one girl’s life was already lost,” he wrote.

© Mamamia Tostee was charged after his Tinder date, New Zealand woman Warriena Wright, fell to her death from his 14th-floor Surfers Paradise balcony in 2014.

He was placed on strict bail conditions until this week's trial, conditions that his friends likened to 'house arrest'. But as of Thursday afternoon, he's a free man.

Tostee's lawyer Nick Dore said outside court that his client was happy with the result and relieved the matter was now behind him.

An anonymous friend echoed that sentiment to The Daily Mail this week, saying the Queenslander wants to start afresh.

"He wants to move away and he has no interest in being on the next Celebrity Big Brother get me out of here," they said.

The case was very nearly derailed at the 11th hour, when it was discovered a deliberating juror had posted about the trial on Instagram numerous times.

According to the ABC, she wrote, "I’m sure you’ll have seen the trial I’m doing on the news.”

"I snagged a nasty one, so it's a bit full on," another post said.

"I took it home with me yesterday and woke quite miserable this morning. Will make sure I leave it behind this afternoon," read another.

Justice Justine Byrne said the juror's actions were "disappointing," but did not warrant a mistrial - likely because the comments did not specifically mention evidence, and therefore did not interfere with Gable Tostee's right to a fair trial.

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