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Tostee's lawyer casts doubt on inquest

AAP logoAAP 18/12/2016 Tracey Ferrier

Gable Tostee's lawyer says it's far from certain that the Queensland coroner will hold an inquest into the death of his Tinder date.

Mr Tostee was acquitted earlier this year of killing 26-year-old New Zealand tourist Warriena Wright, who fell from the 14th floor balcony of his Gold Coast apartment in 2014.

State Coroner Terry Ryan has reopened his investigation into Ms Wright's death, something he could not do until the criminal proceedings had been resolved.

Mr Tostee's lawyer Nick Dore says the coroner's move doesn't necessarily mean there will be an inquest, which are uncommon in Queensland.

"I do not want to pre-empt whether there will be an inquest. They are certainly very rare in Queensland," Mr Dore told the Seven Network on Monday.

He noted: "We have been to trial and it has already be decided by a jury".

During Mr Tostee's trial, prosecutors never claimed he pushed or threw Ms Wright off his balcony, rather that he left her so terrified after a struggle that she felt the only way to escape was to climb down.

A 139-minute audio recording Mr Tostee made during their August 2014 date convinced a jury he wasn't responsible for his date's death.

It proved his claim that Ms Wright had attacked and threatened him before he locked her out on the balcony.

But it also captured him restraining her and saying: "You're lucky I haven't chucked you off my ****ing balcony, you God-damned psycho little b***."

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