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