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

About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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