Businessman Simon Gittany is a cold and calculating killer who wanted to punish his fiancée when he threw her off a balcony to her death, a Sydney court has heard.
Gittany is facing the second day of his sentencing hearing for murdering Lisa Harnum by throwing her from their 15th-floor inner-Sydney apartment in 2011.
Crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi today questioned character witnesses provided for Gittany, telling the court the sentence should take into account an overriding community concern about domestic violence.
The court has previously heard that Gittany, 40, was controlling and violent towards Harnum.
Mr Tedeschi told the court Gittany had been aware she might leave him for some time.
“This is not a case where the offender was suddenly confronted with the threat of a break up,” he said.
The prosecutor said Gittany’s intention all along was to kill his fiancée and make it look like suicide.
Mr Tedeschi said were it not for an eyewitness account and surveillance camera vision from the building, Gittany’s claim of Harnum committing suicide might have been taken more seriously.
He told the court Gittany has prior convictions for drug-related offences and showed no regard to the safety of passers-by when he threw Harnum off their balcony.
Mr Tedeschi likened it to “firing a gun during peak hour on George Street”.
“There was a real risk of someone being hit by Lisa’s body,” he said.
Gittany’s barrister Philip Strickland SC said his client is unlikely to reoffend and has a “solid family”, which will help his rehabilitation prospects.
Yesterday, Gittany told the court he believed in God and was accused of a crime he did not commit.
The hearing before a packed public gallery finished mid-afternoon, with a final sentencing decision expected next Tuesday.