Anna Leask is senior police reporter for the New Zealand Herald.

Gable Tostee avoids more jail for drunken car chase

The man charged with the murder of a Kiwi woman after meeting her through the dating app Tinder has avoided further punishment over a drink-driving incident.

Gable Tostee, 28, will stand trial this year over the death of Warriena Wright. Ms Wright died in August 2014 after she fell from the balcony of Tostee's Surfers Paradise apartment.

A trial date is yet to be set, however, Tostee appeared on unrelated charges at Brisbane's Southport Magistrates Court yesterday.

He was convicted of charges of drink driving and breaching bail conditions and was suspended from driving for 15 months. Two unrelated charges of obstructing police and public nuisance were dismissed.

Tostee, who changed his name by deed poll to Eric Thomas, took to Facebook after his court appearance in Brisbane yesterday to post a video and comment about the case.

The video shows Tostee walking to the entrance of the Southport Magistrates Court, where a group of media are waiting.

"This is what you don't see - what it is like to be on the other side of the headlines, the photos, and the TV screen," he wrote alongside the video.

"I am pleased that the unsubstantiated charges against me of public nuisance and obstruct/assault police were, sensibly, dismissed today," he added.

Tostee is no stranger to the police and courts.

In February last year Tostee was jailed for 10 months after he led police on a high-speed pursuit.

He was on bail for Ms Wright's alleged murder at the time.

He served six months of the sentence and was released.

- NZ Herald

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