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Qld murder trial over NZ tourist's death

AAP logoAAP 9/10/2016

Queensland's biggest trial of the year will begin when Gable Tostee fronts the Brisbane Supreme Court charged with the murder of a New Zealand tourist.

The Gold Coast man is accused of killing Warriena Tagpuno Wright, who he met on the dating app Tinder while she was visiting Australia.

Ms Wright was on a two-week vacation to attend a friend's wedding and met Tostee, a carpet layer, at the end of her trip.

The 26-year-old was found dead at the base of the high-rise Avalon Apartments unit in Surfers Paradise in the early hours of August 8, 2014.

She had fallen from the 14th floor balcony of Tostee's unit.

Tostee was arrested at his parents' house and charged with murder the following week.

He has pleaded not guilty and will be represented by high-profile barrister Saul Holt QC.

The Brisbane Supreme Court is expected to be packed on Monday morning when the trial starts before Justice John Byrne.

It is expected to take seven to eight days.

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