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Gable Tostee murder trial: Jury to enter fourth day of deliberations

The jury in the murder trial of Gable Tostee is entering its fourth day of deliberations after asking a further question of the judge.

The six men and six women jurors have been deliberating since early Monday afternoon on whether Tostee murdered his New Zealand Tinder date Warriena Wright in August 2014.

On Wednesday they asked Brisbane Supreme Court Justice John Byrne if language was considered force, to which he replied no.

Justice Byrne allowed the jury to go home overnight and return on Thursday morning at 9.30am to continue their deliberations.

The jury has asked a total of seven questions since they retired on Monday.

Photograph of Warriena Wright and Gable Tostee shown to the jury in Tostee's trial. Photo / Supplied
Photograph of Warriena Wright and Gable Tostee shown to the jury in Tostee's trial. Photo / Supplied

The jurors indicated on Tuesday afternoon they were having difficulties reaching a decision but were told by Justice Byrne to persevere.

"Experience has shown juries can often agree if given enough time to consider and discuss the issues," he said.

Tostee is not alleged to have pushed or thrown Wright from his 14th floor balcony but intimidated her so greatly, she felt climbing over the railing was the only way to escape from him.

A six-day trial had heard Tostee and Wright met on dating app Tinder for a night of drinking and sex.

An audio recording taken by Tostee on his mobile phone that captured the violent struggle between the pair and Wright's eventual death was a key piece of evidence in the case.

In it Tostee can be heard restraining Ms Wright and telling her "you're lucky I haven't chucked you off my balcony you God damn psycho little bitch".

Justice Byrne has told the jurors they could find Tostee guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter if they concluded he unlawfully killed Wright but did not intend to cause her possibly fatal harm.


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