Gable Tostee charged with balcony fall murder
RAW VISION: Gable Tostee is taken into police custody on the Gold Coast, charged with the murder of New Zealand woman Warriena Tagpuno Wright.PT0M21S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-3drnn 620 349 August 15, 2014
A 28-year-old man has been charged with the murder of New Zealand tourist whose body was discovered at the base of high-rise apartments on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
Gable Tostee was taken into custody shortly before noon and arrived in handcuffs at the Gold Coast watchhouse about 30 minutes later.
Police spokesman confirmed Mr Tostee had been was charged at 2.02pm with the murder of 26-year-old Warriena Tagpuno Wright.
Gable Tostee is driven to Southport Watchhouse. Photo: Nine News
He is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on Saturday.
The 26-year-old tourist from New Zealand died a week ago allegedly in a fall from a 14th floor balcony at Avalon Apartments at Surfers Paradise.
She had arrived in Queensland on July 29 for a two-week holiday planned to coincide with a close friend’s wedding.
Detectives lead a handcuffed Gable Tostee to the watchhouse. Photo: Nine News
Her body was discovered at the base of Avalon apartments about 2.30am on August 8.
On Thursday, her sister Marreza Wright pleaded for information about his sister's death.
“Rrie was the most important person in my world. Most of the time we only had each other to rely on,” Marreza told reporters after travelling from New Zealand to the Gold Coast.
Remembering Warriena Wright
Warriena Tagpuno Wright, the New Zealand lady who died after falling from a Gold Coast balcony. Photo: Supplied
“She was a very beautiful, cheerful, intelligent person who not only was my sister, but she was my best friend.
“It's hard for me facing the loss of my sister without knowing what happened in the last hours of her life.”
A day later, Queensland Police issued a statement about noon: “A 28-year-old man is currently assisting police with their enquiries into the sudden death of a 26-year-old woman at Surfers Paradise high-rise apartment complex on August 8.’’
“Police investigations into the matter are ongoing,’’ the statement read.
Police confirmed he had been charged at 2.02pm on Friday.
- with Amy Remeikis and Kristian Silva