Gable Tostee: Friend of man acquitted of murdering Warriena Wright allegedly sent abusive texts to woman he met on Tinder

Gable Tostee, the man acquitted of murdering a New Zealand woman in 2014, is embroiled in yet another controversy.

Seven years ago, Warriena Wright, a 26-year-old woman Tosetee had met via the popular dating app Tinder, died after she fell from the balcony of his Gold Coast apartment. The Queensland carpet-layer, then 30, was accused of Wright's murder, but was found not guilty by a jury in 2016.

Tostee, who now goes by the name Eric Thomas, has since returned to Tinder. Through the dating app he met high school drama teacher, Sabrina Collins.  

Speaking to the 9News programme A Current Affair, Collins claimed she was bombarded with abusive texts and voice messages from a female friend of Tostee after the two called time on their brief relationship late last year.

In the expletive-laden audio, Collins was told she was a "f****** head-case". In one of the texts, Tostee's friend allegedly wrote: "Back off. he doesn't want you. Never did. You're disgusting."

Collins said she went to the police with the allegations, but no action was taken - prompting her to make two YouTube videos to reveal the abusive audio.

She told the programme that Tostee then called her "insane" and "obsessive" via text message, threatening her with legal action.

While they were dating, Tostee allegedly locked Collins out on the balcony to show her "what it was like" the night that Warriena Wright died. 

"So he took my foot and he was showing me and [dragging] me around a little bit, and then he locked me on the balcony to show me what it was like," Collins told A Current Affair.

"It's been like a nightmare and it's taken a year of my life... I never thought in a million years it would happen to me, I never thought I would be in that situation."

Tostee has denied Collins' allegations, suggesting she was the one who stalked and harassed him and his friends. He said her claims about being locked out on the balcony "never happened", calling her "delusional".

During Tostee's trial, the Supreme Court heard audio recorded on Tostee's phone from August 8, 2014, the night of Wright's death, which captured the pair arguing. His date was then pushed out onto the balcony of his home in Avalon Apartments, a block of flats in Surfers Paradise. The door was locked behind her.

Tostee claimed he and Wright had both been drunk and after she kept attacking him, he forced her out onto the balcony. It's believed Wright then attempted to climb to the floor below, but fell 14 storeys to her death.

Gable Tostee and Warriena Wright on the night of her death in 2014.
Gable Tostee and Warriena Wright on the night of her death in 2014. Photo credit: File

Collins told A Current Affair she hadn't recognised Tostee when she first saw him on Tinder, and was "stunned" when a friend informed her he was "the balcony guy".

"I just thought, me being me, I'll just ask him some more questions and you know, just get to know his side of the story," Collins said.