Simon Gittany gets 26 years’ jail (min 18) for murdering Lisa Harnum


The previous post can be found here
Gets 26 years, min of 18 years before parole. Inadequate in my view. new girlfriend Rachelle Louise was not in court, ching ching,
If you have a spare 30 minutes watch the first part of the $150,000 interview and story right here folks, a real eye opener
17/02/14 update new interview with the 2 detectives who saw his violent side nearly 20 years ago, when Gittany bit part of one detectives ear OFF while being arrested…yeah the guy Rachelle said would make a fantastic dad.Until the little kid piddled his pants or something….

16/02/14 UPDATED WITH 2ND PART AFTER THE FIRST BELOW

GUILTY SIGN

Hopefully she will collect a big fat cheque today from TV today, pocket it, and never utter his name again, gotcha Gittany

Official Sentence summary  from today can be found below, full transcript to follow once released folks. (click for bigger view)

Gittany Sentence Summary 11-02-14

Simon Gittany sentenced to at least 18 years for fiancée Lisa Harnum’s murder

Murderer Simon Gittany’s violent past revealed

Simon Gittany has been sentenced to 26 years’ jail, with a non-parole period of 18 years, for the murder of his fiancée Lisa Harnum.

Simon Gittany and Lisa Harnum. Sentenced to 26 years for tossing her off a highrise balcony

Simon Gittany and Lisa Harnum. Sentenced to 26 years for tossing her off a highrise balcony

Gittany threw Ms Harnum to her death from the balcony of their 15th floor apartment in inner Sydney on a Saturday morning in July 2011.

NSW Supreme Court Justice Lucy McCallum, who presided over Gittany’s judge-only trial last year, today also handed down his punishment.

Justice McCallum said that jailing Gittany for life would be excessive, but his family in the court’s public gallery still erupted when she delivered the sentence.

“In the name of Jesus, that will never happen,” one family member yelled.

The judge ordered the family members to be removed from the court.

Earlier Justice McCallum had described the cruelty of the crime.

“Ms Harnum must have been in a state of complete terror in the moments before her death,” she said.

Justice McCallum described Gittany as “arrogant” and said he had punished Ms Harnum during their relationship for “small acts of defiance” such as wearing her hair down.

The court heard about Gittany’s previous potential for violence, including an incident in which he bit off part of a policeman’s ear in 1994.

“It has a troubling resonance with the present offence,” Justice McCallum said.

The judge told the court that she had excluded evidence from a surprise prosecution witness last week – a former colleague of Ms Harnum who said Gittany had previously threatened to kill Ms Harnum and make it look like suicide.

The businessman’s current girlfriend, Rachelle Louise, who has fiercely defended Gittany and has been by his side for much of his trial, was not in court for the sentencing.

Gittany himself was led up from the cells beneath the courtroom, but showed no emotion as he listened to the judge’s comments.

AMY DALE
The Daily Telegraph
February 07, 2014

BALCONY killer Simon Gittany could spend 20 years in jail for the “cold and calculating” murder of his fiancee – a killing he almost successfully portrayed as suicide, his sentencing was told yesterday.

Justice Lucy McCallum also indicated the decision of Gittany’s family to “embark on a campaign” that doggedly protests his innocence over the killing of Lisa Harnum could be viewed as “an impediment to rehabilitation”.

Senior Crown Prosecutor Mark Tedeschi QC told the court it could be “very much guided” by the standard non-parole period for murder in NSW, which is 20 years.

In his closing sentencing submissions, Mr Tedeschi said Gittany had used “the height and gravity” of the 15th storey balcony as a weapon in throwing Ms Harnum to her death seconds after she had been “screaming for her life”.

Rachelle Louise arrives for the second day of sentencing submissions in boyfriend Simon Gittany’s case.

Rachelle Louise has been a very vocal supporter of Simon Gittany.

Rachelle Louise seemed to be in a good mood when she arrived at court today.

“Were it not for the observations of (witness) Joshua Rathmell and were it not for the pinhole camera which captured the offender dragging the deceased back inside … it was a cold and calculating way of killing her in a manner which would have enabled him to pass it off as suicide,” Mr Tedeschi said.

Justice McCallum said Gittany had “a defiant denial of guilt” and, along with his family and girlfriend Rachelle Louise, appeared determined to “maintain the rage until (in his mind) justice is done”.

Prosecutors say Gittany has shown no contrition or remorse, which makes it hard to assess his rehabilitation prospects, but his barrister has asked the court to hand down a sentence “significantly lower” than the 20-year minimum.

Barrister Philip Strickland SC said Gittany’s criminal record, which includes a conviction for biting part of a policeman’s ear off in 1994, shouldn’t be given much weight upon sentence.

The court heard the relationship he has with Ms Louise has “no features at all of an abusive relationship”.

More than 40 character references were tendered to the court on Gittany’s behalf, with Justice McCallum saying some appear “to be asking for mercy on the basis I might be wrong (in the guilty verdict).”

Mr Strickland said references spoke of a gentle Gittany with dreams of being a priest.

Mr Tedeschi said the references suggest “the offender is two completely different people. One person to his family and a completely different person presenting in the relationship (with Lisa Harnum).

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Simon Gittany sentence hearing over murder of Lisa Harnum Day 1,2


This is live and ongoing reporting from the court folks, I will be out this afternoon, so feel free to add new news in comments for now and I will update tonight…I hope he gets LIFE
Day 2 is under way, and the NEW girlfriend made a much quieter grand entrance today!

He was found guilty last year of murdering his fiancee, Lisa Cecilia Harnum on July 30, 2011.

Gittany, 40, who pleaded not guilty, was found to have thrown the 30-year-old off their 15th-floor balcony in Sydney in a fit of “apoplectic” rage after she made plans to leave him and return to her native Canada.

In a shock move, the Crown introduced a new witness to give evidence against Gittany at the sentence hearing, regarding the abusive relationship between Ms Harnum and Gittany.

The Crown will use the new evidence to argue Gittany had “frequently threatened Lisa Harnum with death if she ever left him”.

Lisa Harnum who died after falling from the 15th floor of an apartment in Sydney, Australia. Picture: International Austral

Lisa Harnum who died after falling from the 15th floor of an apartment in Sydney, Australia. Picture: International Austral Source: Supplied

The witness, who has not been named and met Ms Harnum at beauty college, only came forward after the prosecution closed its case last year.

“I thought there was an ample amount of people who knew what happened, so I thought there was enough evidence without me,” the new witness said.

She said her own relationship was abusive and Ms Harnum had asked her how and why she had left.

Ms Harnum told her friend that if she left Gittany “he’d kill me” and he had said he would find her if she fled.

As the witness spoke of the almost daily death threats against Ms Harnum in court, she broke down.

She said Ms Harnum feared he would poison her food, and that if Gittany killed her “he would make it look like suicide”.

To help her friend out of the situation, she offered her money as she expressed fears he was also tracking her finances.

As the new evidence was revealed at the hearing, Gittany turned to his lawyer and mouthed “seriously” and shook his head. He then gestured they needed to speak.

Gittany’s barrister, Philip Strickland SC, dismissed the new claims as “fabricated” and “made up”.

Simon Gittany and Lisa Harnum. Picture: Channel 7

Simon Gittany and Lisa Harnum. Picture: Channel 7 Source: Supplied

Ms Harnum’s mother, Joan, used her victim statement to call for the end to domestic violence and express the unimaginable grief a family feels at losing their loved one.

Lisa Harnum sleeping. Picture:

Lisa Harnum sleeping. Picture: “Respectance” Source: No Source

The statement was read out by her daughter’s counsellor, Michelle Richmond, who played an integral part in trying to help Ms Harnum escape Gittany’s abuse.

The Harnums remained in Toronto, Canada for family reasons.

The statement read: “When a parent dies, you lose your past. When a child dies, you lose your future.

“A child who loses a parent is an orphan. But there’s no word for a parent who loses a child.”

She outlined the control of Gittany over her daughter’s life and the violent end Ms Harnum ultimately faced.

“No one has the right to control a person’s life so intensely.

“She was taken too early and in such a violent way. It’s a wound that will never heal.”

Joan Harnum leaves court after Simon Gittany's was found guilty of murdering girlfriend Lisa Harnum.

Joan Harnum leaves court after Simon Gittany’s was found guilty of murdering girlfriend Lisa Harnum. Source: News Limited

Gittany looked to his feet and played with the buttons on his shirt as the powerful statement continued.

“All Gittany had to do that day was step aside and let her come home to her family.”

“It was a senseless and thoughtless act of violence,” the statement said.

“Lisa Cecilia’s death has caused a cry around the world to stop violence against women and children.

Simon Gittany and Lisa Harnum. Picture: Channel 7

Simon Gittany and Lisa Harnum. Picture: Channel 7 Source: Supplied

“Stop the unimaginable pain and profound loss caused by domestic violence. Let my daughter’s cries be heard.”

Sunday Promo: Inside Simon Gittany’s secret life 1:00

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In a Sunday Night exclusive, we take you inside Simon Gittany’s secret life and hear his new lover’s explosive claims.

THE WOMAN WHO LOVES A MURDERER

In a bizarre act, Gittany’s current girlfriend, Rachelle Louise, and supporters earlier arrived outside court holding signs advocating his innocence.

Rachelle Louise protests her partner's ...

Rachelle Louise protests her partner’s innocence. Source: News Limited

Without uttering a word, Ms Louise pointed to signs carrying the name of notorious acquitted murderers, including Gordon Wood and Lindy Chamberlain.

Another sign read: “How do you render Some 1 unconscious in less than 65 sec without any sign of trauma to the body”.

Rachelle Louise & supporters arrives at Darlinghurst court to hear sentencing submission against partner Sim...

Rachelle Louise and supporters arrive at court to hear sentencing submission against her partner Simon Gittany who was found guilty of murdering Lisa Harnam. Source: News Limited

THE GITTANY TRIAL

Gittany’s trial heard he was controlling of Ms Harnum, installing CCTV in his apartment and using a computer program to monitor her text messages, emails and internet usage.

CCTV captures Lisa Harnum’s final moments 0:52

CCTV footage shows Lisa Harnum and Simon Gittany together minutes before her death.

But while Gittany admitted some of his behaviour towards Ms Harnum was controlling, he has always denied that he flew into a rage on the morning of her death.

Supplied CCTV footage showing murder suspect Paul Gittany on the night he is accused of killing his girlfriend.

Supplied CCTV footage showing murder suspect Simon Gittany on the night he is accused of killing his girlfriend. Source: Supplied

He told the court that after an argument that morning – in which he was captured on camera dragging a screaming Ms Harnum back into their apartment – he went to make her a cup of tea while she sat on the lounge.

Supplied CCTV footage showing murder suspect Paul Gittany on the night he is accused of killing his girlfriend.

Supplied CCTV footage showing murder suspect Simon Gittany on the night he is accused of killing his girlfriend. Source: Supplied

Gittany said Ms Harnum then ran to the balcony and “disappeared” over the railing as he desperately tried to reach her.

But in a damning judgment handed down over nearly five hours in November last year, Justice Lucy McCallum found Gittany lied with “telling ease” and distorted the truth to denigrate the woman he murdered.