Posted: 20 October, 2016
by @amydrewsnews/ Taylah Webb
Tostee Trial Dragging On
Jury enters day four of deliberations
It has been three days and the jury in the murder trial of Gable Tostee is still yet to reach an unanimous verdict.
Day four of deliberations gets underway in the Brisbane Supreme Court from 9:30am on Thursday morning.
The 12 jurors, 6 men and 6 women, have so far asked the judge seven questions, the latest "Is language considered force?", in which the judge answered "no".
So what's next? How long will deliberations continue?
- There are no time limits on deliberations. If needed, this could stretch out for months.
- A jury can be dismissed for inability to reach a verdict, but Justice John Byrne has already decided not to dismiss the group in this case, confident they can eventually reach a unanimous decision.
- The decision must be unanimous by law in Queensland. A majority verdict is not considered.
- Should the jury remain undecided too long, a hung jury can be declared and a re-trial would be called.
Judge Byrne has made it clear to the jury that he can dismiss them but that he would only do so if there was “no likelihood of genuine agreement being reached after further deliberation”.
Tostee, 30, has pleaded not guilty to killing Tinder date Warriena Wright, who fell to her death from his 14th floor balcony in August 2014.