Police rule out gay hate crime in tragic Gladstone death


Gladstone Police have ruled out foul play and the involvement of a third party in the New Year’s Day bridge fall that left a New Zealand tourist fighting for life.

Joth Wilson-Tokotaua fell from the Goondoon St railway overpass shortly after midnight on January 1 and was taken to a Brisbane hospital in critical condition. He suffered broken bones, a brain hemorrhage, a severed spinal cord and burns to 40 per cent of his body.

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His husband Maioha Tokotaua had alleged that he’d been the victim of a “gay hate crime” by men known to the couple.

Queensland Police said on Friday that they’d finalised their investigation into the incident.

“The investigation – which canvassed many different scenarios – has identified that no one else was involved in this matter, and is therefore considered non-suspicious,” police said in a statement.

“As part of the investigation, police interviewed a number of people and reviewed CCTV footage from a nearby business.

“Detectives have concluded that the injuries sustained by the man are consistent with a fall onto power lines.”

The couple have three adopted children and were visiting family and holidaying in Queensland.

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