Media surrounds Gittany's girlfriend
Watch as reporters try unsuccessfully to get Simon Gittany's girlfriend Rachelle Louise to answer questions after he was found guilty of murdering Lisa Harnum.PT2M51S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2yabl 620 349 November 27, 2013
''You're wrong! You're wrong!'' screamed Simon Gittany's girlfriend Rachelle Louise as a court heard he was guilty of murdering his fiancee Lisa Harnum.
''What are you going to do? Put my hand over my mouth?'' she continued to yell, as Corrective Services members tried to escort her out of the NSW Supreme Court on Wednesday.
Gittany barely moved as Justice Lucy McCallum said she was satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that he had murdered the former ballerina by throwing her off a Sydney high-rise building.
Distraught: Simon Gittany's girlfriend Rachelle Louise. Photo: Danielle Smith
But his girlfriend's screams and wails continued for many minutes afterward. With mascara running down her face, she eventually walked outside the court, where she was cornered by waiting reporters.
She closed her eyes and repeatedly asked: ''Does anybody have a lighter?''
One was eventually produced, so Ms Louise held her cigarette between long, pointed fingernails and smoked in silence for about three minutes.
Gittany and Ms Louise's relationship had been on full display throughout his murder trial, the pair holding hands, kissing intimately, even attending the church across the road from the courthouse during lunch breaks.
But as she smoked in silence outside, her smudged eyes frequently closed, devastated outbursts from Gittany's family continued inside the court building.
Family members paced up and down the hallway outside courtroom three, voices raised in anguish.
''Call an ambulance for mum, she is in so much shock,'' one of them said.
An elderly woman was seen lying in the corridor of the court as other women tried to console her.
Ms Louise went back into court to hear when her lover would be sentenced and refused to adhere to protocol and stand for Justice McCallum.
She cried and spoke to Gittany as he stood in the dock.
Gittany's sister yelled: ''You didn't get a fair trial, brother.''
Another supporter blew a kiss to her brother and said: ''God bless you, Simon.''
The emotion was more muted from Ms Harnum's family. Upon the verdict's pronouncement, Lisa Harnum's aunt Elizabeth put her hands over her face and simply cried.
Ms Harnum's brother Jason shook the hands of the detectives who has been working on the case for the past 2½ years.
The police all wore white ribbons to signify a stance against domestic violence.
The aspiring model/actress was expected to give evidence in Gittany's defence, but was not called.