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Tostee declines to testify in murder trial

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/10/2016 Sarah Motherwell
Supplied image obtained 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. © Supplied by Queensland Supreme Court/AAP Image Supplied image obtained 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.

Gable Tostee will not testify in his murder trial over the balcony death of New Zealand tourist Warriena Wright.

Tostee, 30, is on trial in the Brisbane Supreme Court after pleading not guilty to Ms Wright's murder in the early hours of August 8, 2014.

Ms Wright, 26, fell to her death from Tostee's 14th floor Surfers Paradise balcony after he allegedly intimidated her so greatly that she felt the only way to escape was to climb over the banister.

Prosecutor Glen Cash told the jury in his closing submission on Friday Tostee instilled such fear and terror in Ms Wright she tried to seek refuge on another floor of the building.

Mr Cash questioned what abject terror would cause a person to carry out a manoeuvre in the dark that would be dangerous even in daylight while sober.

"Fear of Gable Tostee, fear of what he would do to her if she went back inside," Mr Cash said.

"He has caused her death as much as if he had pushed her from the balcony himself."

The trial continues before Justice John Byrne.

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