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‘It’s been hell’: Tostee breaks silence

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Gable Tostee is having his first day of freedom after being found not guilty of killing his Tinder date.

Gable Tostee after he was found not guilty of murder or manslaughter yesterday.

GABLE Tostee has told a friend the Supreme Court trial for murder had been “hell to go through”.

Tostee told the friend in a text message he wouldn’t want anyone to experience what he had just endured.

“It really is hell to go through and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. Especially after one girl’s life was already lost,” the message said, according to 7 News.

The friend believed Tostee would be prepared to start a new life away from the Gold Coast and would not be courting attention that came with the infamy he had gained after the death of Warriena Wright, the New Zealand tourist who fell to her death from his 14th floor Surfers Paradise apartment in August 2014.

Tostee was found not guilty of murder or manslaughter after a six day trial.

Gasps were heard in the back of the courtroom where Tostee’s family was sitting as the jury delivered their not guilty verdict about 3.20pm local time on Thursday.

Tostee himself appeared to show little emotion.

The jury had been deliberating since 12.35pm Monday.

Tostee walked out of the Brisbane Supreme Court building a free man shortly after the verdict was delivered.

Gable Tostee leaves Brisbane Supreme Court with his lawyer Nick Dore after the jury handed down a not-guilty verdict. Picture: Claudia Baxter

Gable Tostee leaves Brisbane Supreme Court with his lawyer Nick Dore after the jury handed down a not-guilty verdict. Picture: Claudia BaxterSource:News Corp Australia

Warriena Wright.

Warriena Wright.Source:Supplied

In a brief statement to media, Tostee’s solicitor Nick Dore said the 30-year-old was looking forward to putting the matter behind him.

“He’s looking forward to moving on with his life,” he said.

“He thanks those people who have supported him through this and realises just how tragic this has been for many people.

“At this stage he is looking forward to putting it behind him.”

Tostee himself declined to comment.

Soon after, Deb Taylor, a friend of Ms Wright’s mother Marzabeth, read a statement on her behalf.

Gable Tostee has been found not guilty of murder and manslaughter in the death of Warriena Wright.

The New Zealand woman pleaded with media to respect her privacy as she continues to grieve the loss of her daughter.

“This has been an incredibly traumatic situation for everyone involved in this case, let alone the families who have been impacted by this,” she said.

“Warriena Wright’s family are still coming to terms with the loss of their daughter and sister as well as enduring the anguish of being present here for this trial for the last two weeks.

“And we’ve been quite overwhelmed by the media, which has added another layer of stress to the trauma we have already been experiencing.

“The family would like to make a request to all of you, to please respect our privacy now, and when they return back to New Zealand so they have an opportunity to pull the pieces of their own life back together again and so they also have the space to grieve in their own way and in peace.”