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    Australia - Lisa Harnum, 30, killed in 15-storey fall, Sydney, 30 July 2011 #1

    HER mouth covered and body restrained by her "possessive, domineering and abusive" fiance and alleged killer, the *final moment of Lisa Harnum's life was captured by a security camera he had installed in their apartment.
    The opening day of Simon Gittany's murder trial yesterday heard that, 69 seconds after the Canadian was dragged back inside apartment 1503 of the prestigious Hyde Building in Sydney's CBD, she plummeted to her death.
    http://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-...-1226743837046

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    Simon Gittany was "controlling" and "jealous" of his fiancÚ and became so enraged when she tried to leave him that he dropped her from the balcony of their 15th-storey apartment, a court had been told.
    http://www.penrithcitygazette.com.au...us-court-told/

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    "She called me and said 'mummy, please come and get me," Mrs Harnum said of her daughter's request to come to Sydney from Canada.

    "I said, 'how urgent is it? I can come down on August 6."'

    The court heard that Mrs Harnum booked her flight, and her daughter then booked a one-way ticket back to Canada.

    But Mr Gittany allegedly found out about the plan and became incensed.


    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/lisa-harnu...#ixzz2iPdgIIoJ

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    The most disturbing evidence in this case for me is the CCTV footage showing Lisa moments before she died.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...y-balcony.html

    Warning - disturbing image at link.

    Link also shows video of Mr Gittany proposing to Lisa.

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    I hope the title of this topic is OK, mods feel free to change as needed, just thought I would need to careful as the circumstance of her death is being disputed by the accused in the current trial.

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    Accused forced fiancee to 'submit to his will', court told

    The court heard that as Mr Gittany became more possessive, he convinced the younger woman to completely change her style of dress, convert to Catholicism and to leave her job at a hairdressing salon because the staff there were ''polluting her mind''.

    He then allegedly estranged her from her friends, and would demand to know where she was at all times.

    ''He convinced the deceased that he was a person of superior moral and religious depth,'' Mr Tedeschi said. ''As a female it was her function in life to submit to his will as the male in their relationship.

    ''The deceased's self-confidence became more and more diminished as she became convinced that the accused was a person of superior moral integrity to herself.''


    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/accused-fo...#ixzz2iQ7mmALz

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    I saw this on the news the other night. What a scary, sad ending, to a horrifying relationship. This poor woman, may she rest in peace.

    I hope this monster is locked up for the rest of his miserable life.
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    This is the first I'd heard of this case. He fist-pumped after dropping her to her death?! What a sick @#$!

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    I can't find an article anywhere that says what area/province/city Lisa was from in Canada. Does anyone here know?

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    Lisa Harnum's mother appealed for her to get out of her relationship and return to Canada

    OCTOBER 22, 2013

    "THE mother of Lisa Harnum urged her to "grab her passport and purse and just get out" the day before she was allegedly thrown off her balcony by her fiancÚ, the Supreme Court heard this morning."

    Attached Image: "Simon Gittany with his current girlfriend who is standing by him. Source: News Limited"

    Read more: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/lis...-1226744455121
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    October 21, 2013

    "Another witness walking near The Hyde apartment block on Liverpool Street told police he saw a shirtless man holding what appeared to be black luggage horizontally over the balcony before it fell over.

    "Of course, it was not a piece of luggage, it was Ms Harnum wearing black clothing," Crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi QC said at Monday's opening of the murder trial."


    Read more: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/...ied-on-partner

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    To his new girlfriend who is standing by him in court - run for your life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyL View Post
    I can't find an article anywhere that says what area/province/city Lisa was from in Canada. Does anyone here know?
    I have tried to look myself but no luck so far

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    Man accused of murdering ballerina fiancee avoids jury trial

    18 Oct, 2013

    "Alleged murderer Simon Gittany has run out of money to fund his high-profile defence, telling a court he is at risk of having to represent himself.

    The legal bill for the 39-year-old, who denies throwing his ballerina fiancee Lisa Harnum off the balcony of their Hyde Park apartment, is set to approach $500,000 despite him dropping one senior counsel.

    He was a granted a judge-alone trial, to begin on Monday, because it would be two weeks shorter than a trial by jury, allowing him to save money on legal representation by solicitor Abigail Bannister.

    Mr Gittany has been refused legal aid because he doesn't meet the requirements."

    Read more: http://www.stockandland.com.au/news/...l/2675347.aspx

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