November 30 2013

Lisa Harnum’s mother Joan thanks NSW detectives at Sydney Airport. Picture: John Grainger
Two families were irretrievably broken when Simon Gittany callously threw his girlfriend Lisa Harnum over the balcony of their luxury unit.

Yesterday, less than 24 hours after Justice Lucy McCallum found Gittany guilty of her murder, those families took the first faltering steps in dealing with the aftermath of that heartless act.

Lisa’s mother Joan and brother Jason took the first plane back to Canada.

They arrived at Sydney Airport for the Vancouver flight with the detectives who worked the case and gave each an emotional hug goodbye.

Mrs Harnum wore a White Ribbon – symbol of the campaign to stop violence against women – and has said she wants her daughter’s death to serve as warning to other young women who may fall prey to violent partners.

Lisa Harnum’s mother Joan thanks NSW detectives at Sydney Airport. Picture: John Grainger
Thirty kilometres away, Gittany’s family began arriving at the family home in Merrylands in Sydney’s west, where the atmosphere was sombre and the mood shocked.

Flanked by his tearful daughters, Gittany’s father refused to talk about his son facing the possibility of life imprisonment.

In the heart of Sydney’s CBD, at The Hyde, where Lisa was thrown from the 15th floor, there was a quiet satisfaction that justice had been done.

Barista Alby Izzo was working in the block’s downstairs coffee shop, heard Lisa fall and watch Gittany run out to find her lifeless body.

“His old neighbours have been coming in for coffee this morning and every single one has been saying that justice has been done,” he said.

– Matthew Benns, Ben McClellan and Naomi White


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