Gable Tostee claims he is victim of witch-hunt

  • 05/08/2015
Gable Tostee (AAP)
Gable Tostee (AAP)

The man charged with the murder of a Kiwi woman who fell from his apartment balcony on Australia's Gold Coast has lashed out at the "sheer lunacy" of the charges laid against him.

Gable Tostee is due in court next month to face charges over the death of Lower Hutt woman Warriena Wright, 26, who fell to her death from the balcony of his apartment in August last year.

The pair had met earlier that night through the dating app Tinder, and police allege the night took a nasty turn when 29-year-old Tostee locked Ms Wright on the balcony, claiming she had attacked him.

"I don't think I will ever adjust to the nightmarish reality that I wake up to each day," Tostee posted to Facebook overnight.

"The fact that I was charged with murder after someone attacked me in my own home after refusing to leave then caused their own death by climbing off my balcony is sheer lunacy and it boggles my mind that prosecuting authorities are allowed to freely throw unsubstantiated charges at people with absolutely no regard to the damage it does to real peoples' lives.

"It is disturbing and wrong."

Tostee claims after he was granted bail in November, prosecutors tried to bargain with him to plead guilty to manslaughter.

"Needless to say I will not plead to something I did not do.

"I never harmed that girl nor intended for her to get hurt in any way, let alone ever imagined that it would end in such a horrific way. I constantly grieve for her."

Tostee, who has just been released from prison after serving six months of a 10-month sentence for an unrelated incident, claims he has been the victim of a witch-hunt.

"The media has been absolutely disgraceful in its gross misrepresentation and selective reporting of this matter and seems to be more intent on creating a fictional monster and inciting hatred than it does on reporting the truth."

He claimed he has been the victim of a campaign of "hatred and harassment" against him.

"These so-called journalists are completely devoid of ethics and will stoop to any level to create shock headlines to sell a story.

"I may not be a saint, but I have never harmed anybody, nor would I ever dream of hurting a woman and everyone who knows me personally knows I am nothing like the villain fabricated by the media."

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