The 38-year-old shoe importer’s criminal past includes biting off part of a policeman’s ear, punching a man while he was being held down by others, receiving stolen property and selling cocaine, according to court documents cited by Fairfax and News Ltd.
But in two decades he was also able to transform himself from an unemployed, petty criminal who lived at home with his mother in Sydney’s west to a businessman leading a flashy lifestyle of expensive suits and a deluxe inner-city apartment.
Gittany’s criminal record can finally be revealed now that has been convicted of murdering Lisa Cecilia Harnum by hurling her from the balcony of their 15th floor apartment on the night of July 30, 2011.
November 27, 2013: The mother of murdered Canadian woman Lisa Harnum has spoken outside a Sydney court, thanking the public for their support after a judge found Simon Gittany guilty of their daughter’s murder.
In 1991, the then 18-year-old was found guilty and placed on a good behaviour bond after punching a man, while the man was being held down by a mate, who dared to stand up to Gittany because he had been harassing his ex-girlfriend.
Two years later he was caught out the back of a pub in Parramatta, in Sydney’s west, with a number of stolen items in his car, including video recorders, a TV, a car stereo, a mobile phone, a couple of gold rings and an orange and black bikini.
Detectives later discovered all the items had been taken from a woman living in nearby and two officers went to Gittany’s family home to arrest him.
But Gittany did not go quietly. He bit the ear of one detective, severing it, as the two wrestled on the floor. He also attacked the constable who accompanied him. Gittany’s mother also attacked the two arresting police officers.
The two officers had to be treated at a local hospital.
Gittany pleaded guilty to an array of charges and was sentenced to two-and-a-half years’ periodic detention.
Simon Gittany arrives at the Supreme Court with his girlfriend Rachelle Louise. (AAP)
In 2001 Gittany was sentenced again, this time to three years’ weekend and home detention, for being involved in the supply of cocaine.
Gittany reportedly runs a women’s shoe importation business and sells health supplements by mail order.
He will be sentenced for Ms Harnum’s murder in February.
Ms Harnum’s mother told police Gittany criticised her daughter’s clothes and hair.