Gable Tostee, the Queensland man accused of murdering New Zealand woman Warriena Wright in 2014, will go on trial today in the Brisbane Supreme Court in what will be one of the highest profile cases this year.
Wright – who was known as Rrie to her friends – fell to her death from Tostee’s 14th floor apartment building mere hours after the pair met on Tinder in August 2014.
She had turned a friend’s wedding in Queensland into a two-week holiday, meeting Tostee shortly before she was due to return home to New Zealand.
Tostee has always vehemently maintained his innocence, drawing ire for his continued habit of taking to Facebook (violating the terms of his bail) to protest the charges and blame the media for painting him in a negative light.
It is not yet known if he plans to take the stand to defend himself. News Corp reports that Crown prosecutors intend to call 22 witnesses, meaning the trial is unlikely to run for more than two weeks.
Wright’s mother, father and sister will travel to Brisbane to attend the trial.