An audio recording of a fight between Gable Tostee and the woman he is accused of murdering includes noises “consistent with her being choked or strangled in some way”, a Brisbane court has heard.
Tostee today pleaded not guilty to murdering New Zealand tourist Warriena Wright on the Gold Coast in August 2014.
Ms Wright, 26, fell from a balcony located on the 14th floor of a Surfers Paradise apartment block.
Tostee, 30, was living in the apartment at the time.
The Supreme Court trial is underway after a jury was empanelled this morning.
Opening the crown case, prosecutor Glen Cash said Ms Wright and Tostee first made contact on the dating app Tinder on August 1, 2014.
They arranged to meet in Cavill Avenue on Thursday August 7 about 8:45pm, went to a bottle shop to buy beer and then went to Tostee’s 14th floor apartment in the Avalon building.
Mr Cash said the crown would allege that over the next few hours they drank alcohol and were intimate before an altercation occurred in the early hours of Friday morning.
He said a key piece of evidence was an audio recording of the events leading up to Ms Wright’s death, made on Tostee’s phone.
He said of particular interest was the altercation that happened prior to her being locked on the balcony.
Mr Cash said the recording would be played and included noises “consistent with her being choked or strangled in some way”.
The court would “hear noises of her screaming, shouting ‘no’,” he said.