BRISBANE, Australia — Prosecutors in Australia say a tourist was so afraid of an man she met through the dating app Tinder that she fell 14 floors to her death while trying to escape from his apartment balcony.
Australian Gable Tostee, 30, pleaded not guilty Monday in the Queensland state Supreme Court in Brisbane to the murder of 26-year-old Warriena Wright in Gold Coast city in August 2014.
Tostee, who was 28 at the time, faces a potential life sentence if convicted in the murder of the New Zealand resident.
Police responded to a Surfers Paradise high-rise apartment building around 2:20 a.m. on Aug. 8, 2014 and found that Wright had fallen from the balcony.
Tostee and Wright met for the first time through Tinder on the night she died. Wright was in Australia alone on a two-week vacation, which included attending a wedding, Queensland police said.
Prosecutor Glen Cash told the jury that Tostee intimidated and threatened Wright to an extent that she felt the only way to escape him was to climb down from his balcony.
Police charged Tostee with Wright’s murder back in 2014.