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NZ tourist had 80 separate injuries: trial

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/10/2016 Sarah Motherwell

New Zealand tourist Warriena Wright's petite body was so mangled after she fell from Gable Tostee's 14th-floor balcony a pathologist couldn't even tell how tall she was, a jury has heard.

Ms Wright died in the early hours of August 8, 2014 after a night of drinking and sex with Tostee, whom she met on dating app Tinder during a two-week holiday in Australia.

Pathologist Dianne Little told Tostee's murder trial in the Brisbane Supreme Court the 26-year-old had a blood alcohol level of 0.156 when she died, three times the legal driving limit.

The blood alcohol test was taken using her eye fluid because the only remaining source of blood found in her chest cavity had been contaminated, the court heard.

Supplied image obtained Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 of Gable Tostee and Warriena Wright inside his 14th floor Surfers Paradise apartment just hours before the New Zealand tourist plummeted to her death from the balcony on August 8, 2014. Gable Tostee is on trial in Brisbane Supreme Court after pleading not guilty to Ms Wright's murder. © AAP Image/Supplied by Queensland Supreme Court Supplied image obtained Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 of Gable Tostee and Warriena Wright inside his 14th floor Surfers Paradise apartment just hours before the New Zealand tourist plummeted to her death from the balcony on August 8, 2014. Gable Tostee is on trial in Brisbane Supreme Court after pleading not guilty to Ms Wright's murder.

Dr Little said Ms Wright's body had 80 separate injuries and had "almost folded over itself" when she examined it two days after the incident.

Her head was bent right over her torso and a part of her jeans was found in a skull fracture. Ms Wright was only 162cm tall and weighed 57kg but Dr Little said it was hard to say what her true height was because of the trauma.

The court also heard Ms Wright had multiple "self-inflicted" scars on both wrists, right thigh and chest. Tostee is not alleged to have pushed or thrown Ms Wright off the balcony.

The trial has heard he restrained her after she threw a small decorative rock at him, which was later found by forensics to be covered in a smudge of his blood.

Warriena Wright and Gable Tostee took this selfie on the night of her death © Twitter/AAP Sarah Motherwell Warriena Wright and Gable Tostee took this selfie on the night of her death

Tostee then told Ms Wright, "You're lucky I haven't chucked you off my balcony you goddamn little psycho bitch".

Prosecutor Glen Cash alleges Tostee choked Ms Wright as he intimidated her and that she can be heard struggling to breathe on an audio recording taken on Tostee's mobile phone.

Dr Little said there was no physical evidence Ms Wright had been choked or strangled but agreed there was a small possibility such an act could occur without leaving a mark.

The court has heard Tostee told his date he was going to let her go and walk her out of the apartment just the way she was. "I'm gonna slam the door on you. If you try to pull anything I'll knock you out, I'll knock you the f*** out," he said.

Ms Wright then allegedly tried to hit Tostee with the clamp from a telescope, which prompted him to lock her out on the balcony.

"You think if you hit me I'll just fall down like in the movies?" he said. Ms Wright repeatedly screamed "no, just let me go home" but Tostee told her "I would but you have been a bad girl".

Neighbours have testified hearing Ms Wright's cries and seeing her legs dangling from above as she tried to climb over railing before she fell, ricocheting off balconies below.

The trial will continue on Friday with both lawyers due to give their closing submissions.

INJURIES DETAILED IN GABLE TOSTEE MURDER TRIAL:

VICTIM: Warriena Wright, aged 26, died from a fall off Gable Tostee's 14th floor balcony in the early hours of August 8, 2014.

She had:

- 80 separate injuries to her body

- Blood alcohol level 0.156, three times over legal driving limit

- Head hyperflexed, bent right over torso

- Body "almost folded over itself"

- No internal or external evidence of choking, strangulation

- Old scars on wrists, right thigh, chest from self-inflicted injuries.

ACCUSED: Gable Tostee, now aged 30, on trial in Brisbane Supreme Court after pleading not guilty to Ms Wright's murder.

He had:

- Abrasions on right knee, covered in dried blood

- Small linear abrasion on right side of nose

- Abrasion on lower left cheek, half a centimetre long

- Red mark just below hairline on neck.


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