Gable Tostee breathed an audible sigh of relief and slapped his hands on his thighs as he was found not guilty of murdering Warriena Wright, the woman who fell to her death from the 14th floor of a Surfers Paradise apartment building in August 2014.
The 30-year-old was also cleared of manslaughter in relation to the New Zealand tourist by a 12-person jury this afternoon in the Brisbane Supreme Court.
Before dismissing the jury, who deliberated for four days over their decision, presiding judge Justice John Byrne chided one member’s “disappointing” decision to post a series of Instagram photos with captions such as “snagged a nasty one which is a bit full on” and “fingers crossed this is the last day of jury duty,” The Courier Mail reports.
Totsee’s lawyer gave a brief statement to the media as he left the courtroom, saying he was relieved over the decision.
“He is looking forward to moving on with his life. He thanks the people who have supported him through this and realised how tragic this has been for many people,” lawyer Nick Dore told reporters.
“At this stage he is looking forward to putting it behind him and considering his future from here.”
Totsee and Wright met on Tinder nearly two years ago and were on a date when an altercation occurred in Tostee’s apartment, which resulted in the 26-year-old woman plummeting to her death.
Audio recorded by Tostee on the night appeared to show the pair fighting and captured Wright’s terrified screams as Tostee allegedly refused to let her go home.
The court was told he locked her on his balcony, before she fell while trying to climb to the balcony below.
The prosecution has not suggested Tostee pushed or threw Ms Wright off the balcony, but argued that by locking her outside and intimidating her she felt her only means of escape was climbing down.