Warriena Wright's Mother Reveals Heartbreak Of Tostee Trial
Warriena Wright's grieving mother blasted the media and the judge in Gable Tostee's murder trial for releasing the audio of her daughter's death to the public.
Merzabeth Tagpuno Wright was livid that Warriena's final moments, captured and played in a harrowing audio recording, were released to the media during the trial.
"I did not want to hear my daughter screaming 'No, no, no, no, no'," Ms Tagpuno said in a statement midway through the high-profile trial.
Her comments, released last Thursday, could not be published in Queensland until after the jury reached a verdict because they could have influenced the outcome of the trial.
Tostee was on Thursday found not guilty of the murder or manslaughter of the 26-year-old in the early hours of August 8, 2014.
She fell to her death from Tostee's 14th floor unit after trying to climb from the balcony following a night of drinking and sex.
The audio recording taken by Tostee on his mobile phone that captured a struggle between the pair as well as Ms Wright's eventual death was a key piece of evidence in his trial.
The mother, who travelled from New Zealand to hear the trial, said the media had made the trip the "most saddest, hardest" she had ever had to endure.
"I asked not to release the audio tape yet I was overruled by the judge," the statement said.
"I did not want to remember her like that.
"I feel my family has been disrespected by the judge's ruling to release the audio tape to the media."
Ms Tagpuno said she would not speak to media after the trial and asked for her privacy to be respected once she returned to New Zealand.
"To those who want an exclusive from my family we say 'no'," she said.
"The judge gave you everything, that is enough.
"The media has hurt me so bad.
"I will not speak to anybody, just leave our family in peace."
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