Woman who fell to her death 'trying to escape Tinder date' suffered 80 separate injuries

Warriena Wright heard in audio recording screaming 'no' over 30 times

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A woman who plunged to her death from a balcony on a Tinder date suffered 80 separate injuries, an Australian court has heard.

Warriena Wright fell from Gable Tostee’s 14th floor apartment, causing her body to “almost fold over on itself”.

The 26-year-old had gone to Tostee’s Gold Coast home just six days after they first started speaking on the dating app.

Originally from New Zealand, Ms Wright had been on holiday in Australia when she arranged to meet Tostee, 30, in a local pub on 7 august 2014, before heading to his apartment via an off-licence.

The pair then spent the night together but during the early hours of the morning, Ms Wright fell from the balcony, the Queensland Supreme Court in Brisbane heard.

Pathologist Dianne Little told the court Ms Wright had "severe injuries to all her body that caused her death", adding “her head was hyper-flexed down towards her trunk".

The Crown Prosecution witness added the "poorly defined" red marks on Ms Wright's neck were "not consistent with any application of force".

She also stated a number of wounds on her body were likely to be old or self-inflicted, including on her right leg and both wrists.

An audio recording by Tostee played to the court appeared to show the pair fighting, with Ms Wright heard screaming “no” over 30 times and "just let me go home" repeatedly.

Prosecutors say Ms Wright was locked on the balcony by Tostee and felt so scared that she tried to escape him by climbing down to a lower floor.

Tostee is accused of her murder, a charge he denies.

On Wednesday, the court heard how Tostee allegedly left his apartment after Ms Wright’s fall and wandered the neighbouring streets before buying a slice of pizza.

The trial will resume on Friday morning, local time.