Simon Gittany, accused of murdering his girlfriend Lisa Harnum in 2011 when she was allegedly pushed off a balcony of a CBD apartment pictured leaving Darlinghurst court with his current girlfriend. Photo: Ben Rushton
A man accused of throwing his fiancee to her death off the balcony of a Sydney high rise repeated “Baby, baby, baby, I don't believe it” moments after police arrived.
“Why would she do this? What am I going to tell her family?"
Two officers giving evidence at the trial for the murder of Lisa Harnum, 30, said Simon Gittany repeated these phrases when he was first spoken to at the scene.
Rebeca Triscaru, best friend of Lisa Harnum, entering the NSW Supreme Court.
But within minutes of being told his partner was dead, he allegedly told police to check the cameras inside their unit on the 15th floor.
The NSW Supreme Court heard he told one officer, “I hope the cameras in the unit work”.
He then allegedly told a second officer, “Just check the cameras”.
Security footage from a hallway captures the Candian born woman being dragged back into her unit as she tried to leave on the morning of July 30, 2011.
But two security cameras within the unit did not record the 69 seconds between Ms Harnum being dragged from the door and plunging to her death.
Mr Gittany was standing in striped pyjamas when he told police in his foyer that he had tried to stop Ms Harnum and told her to “shut the fuck up”.
He said the pair had agreed the night before it was best for her to return to her family in Canada.
When he woke, she was packing her bags.
"I said, 'Let's not break up'. She always wants me to beg when she gets the upper hand. She said, 'you told me to leave so I'm leaving'," Mr Gittany allegedly told Senior Constable Jacob Rex.
The court also heard from Ms Harnum's closest friend Rebeca Triscaru, who told the court the pair had lost contact in the weeks leading up to the former dancer's death.
She said about four months before her friend's death, Mr Gittany had told her not to contact Ms Harnum because he thought she was inferring in their relationship.
Ms Triscaru, the girlfriend of Mr Gittany's first cousin, said the accused did not want the women to have contact after he found a text message on Ms Harnum's phone.
"In the message I wrote to her telling her she should do what her heart tells her to do ... He [Simon] felt that I was getting involved where I shouldn't be involved," she told the court.
In the last text Ms Triscaru wrote to her friend in July she expressed concern.
"You just don't seem yourself," the text read. She added in court, "It was out of character for her to be so quiet."
Two council workers also described hearing a "bird like" noise at the time Ms Harnum fell about 9.55am.
"I heard a noise, like a squawk. At first I thought it was a bird...then heard a thump. It was like ahhhhhhh," the witness, Wayne Steel, said.
The trial continues on Thursday.