Family get balcony victim's body back
The family of Lower Hutt woman Warriena Tagpuno Wright have her body back - only hours after Queensland police charged an Australian man with her murder.
Wright's younger sister and mother travelled to Surfers Paradise this week searching for answers over her death and to bring her home.
Queensland police are working with the family to return her body and expect to have her home within the next week.
Gable Tostee, 28, was arrested for questioning yesterday and within two hours he had been charged with the 26-year-old's murder.
Wright, who went by the name Rrie, died a week ago after falling from Tostee's 14th-floor balcony at the Avalon Apartments in Surfers Paradise.
His neighbours reported hearing screams before she plunged from the high-rise about 2.20am on Friday.
Tostee, a Surfers Paradise body-builder, was arrested at his parents' home in Carrara, according to reports.
Photographs later emerged of a handcuffed Tostee, in a white shirt and dark shorts, being led into the Gold Coast police station.
Detectives first questioned him last week, but they said he "exercised his right to silence".
Police have confirmed that Tostee was in the building when Wright fell but had left by the time they arrived at the scene.
Last night he was remanded in custody, to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court today.
He did not appear for his hearing this morning, but a judge remanded Tostee in custody to appear via video link at Southport Magistrates Court on October 10.
Wright was in Australia for a fortnight to catch up with friends and attend a wedding. It is understood she met Tostee through the popular smartphone dating app Tinder.
Tostee took to a bodybuilding forum this week to say he was devastated by the death, and to deny having anything to do with Wright's fall.
"I absolutely did NOT cause this girl to fall and that I am devastated about what happened to her," he wrote.
On the same site he said he had taken home about 150 girls from clubs during the past few years.
Wright, a Kiwibank call centre worker, flatted with her 23-year-old sister Reza Tagpuno, who described her sister as a "beautiful, intelligent and caring person".
"She made sure I was OK and she was responsible," Tagpuno said at a press conference in Surfers Paradise on Thursday.
Tagpuno did not want to talk about her sister's experience on Tinder but did say she was excited to be attending her close friend's wedding in Australia.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was providing consular assistance to the Wright family, a spokesman said.
Detective Senior Sergeant Darryl Sweeney, an adult sexual assault team manager, said yesterday that Canterbury police were receiving about two complaints a month related to online dating or applications such as Tinder.
Most were for sexual assaults that happened when a woman had got into a stranger's car or gone to their home.
"Ladies in their late 30s and 40s coming out of long-term relationships and looking to start another are going on to websites and taking big risks."
Sweeney said often one party had an expectation of a sexual encounter, where the other considered the meeting a date or visit.
NetSafe chief technology officer Sean Lyons said most dating apps worked more as "hook-up" devices, rather than places to meet a long-term partner.
Problems arose when people did not realise this, or the intentions of the other user.
The Dominion Post