Lisa Harnum’s final moments were captured on camera. She is seen here with her mouth being covered by fiance Simon Gittany, who is accused of pushing her from the 15th floor.
She let out a bloodcurdling scream as her abusive fiancé covered her mouth with his hands and yanked her from their 15th floor balcony back into their luxury Sydney apartment.
But she didn’t stay inside long.
Australian Simon Gittany, 40, is accused of pushing his Canadian partner Lisa Harnum off the balcony to her death on July 30, 2011. Now that the trial is underway, a video of the struggle before her death turned out to be among the most incriminating evidence against Gittany — and he supplied it himself.
Gittany was apparently so “possessive, domineering and abusive” that he set up a stealthy pinhole camera on the door to their apartment to spy on Harnum, reported Nine News of Australia. This was just one of several hidden cameras reportedly placed throughout their apartment.
He made her quit her job as a hairdresser, alienated her from her friends, told her what to wear and even forbid her from going to the gym because he feared other men would check her out, according to prosecutor Mark Tedeschi.
Gittany thought “it was her function in life to submit to his will as the male in the relationship,” Tedeschi said in an opening statement at the trial.
Gittany allegedly read her emails and text messages without her knowing, and forced her look at the ground or his eyes while walking down the street for fear that she might look at another man, reported The Australian Associated Press.
“The deceased’s confidence became more and more diminished,” said Tedeschi.
An employee for the Australian Broadcasting Corp. said he saw someone throwing what looked like luggage from the balcony. But the court heard it was actually Harnum dressed in black, according to the national news agency.
Another witness reportedly saw Gittany pump his first after the suspected murder.
One of his neighbors still remembers the “single bone-chilling scream” he heard before Harnum died.
Gittany’s defense characterized Harnum as “conflicted, complicated and confused,” adding their relationship followed a pattern: “an argument, an overreaction and then a reconciliation.”
Gittany was supported in court by his family and current girlfriend. He is currently out on bail.