Simon Gittany leaves court on Monday. Photo: Emma Partridge
"Please help. Help me. God help me."
A woman was heard screaming these words minutes before Lisa Harnum, 30, fell 15 floors to her death off a Sydney high rise following a heated argument with her fiance Simon Gittany on July 30, 2011.
The next-door neighbours of the couple have told the NSW Supreme Court they heard a loud banging on a door, followed by the screams of a woman on the morning Ms Harnum died.
Fell to her death: Lisa Harnum. Photo: Supplied
Mr Gittany is accused of throwing his Canadian fiancee off their balcony following the argument. He maintains his innocence.
Susan Glanville gave evidence at Mr Gittany's murder trial on Monday and said she recalled hearing two sets of screams as she was tidying her unit.
"It was a real, loud scream, like [an] 'I'm afraid' scream," Ms Glanville said.
She said she remembered seeing her door shaking and the raised voice of a man.
"And then it [the screaming] stopped dead," she said.
Sometime later she heard a second scream that sounded like a woman's.
"A very, really, piercing scream," she said.
Ms Glanville told the court she thought the scream had come from outside.
A short time later, she heard sirens and then went downstairs to the foyer of the luxury Hyde apartment complex and saw Mr Gittany.
Ms Glanville's husband Charles was also inside unit and was trying to fix his fax machine when he heard a woman scream.
"'Help me, help me,'" he said he heard.
Mr Glanville said he heard banging on what he thought was the door of his unit and screams for about 10 seconds.
He said he walked to the corridor and then the noises stopped.
"It stopped suddenly."
The court heard Mr Glanville had only ever spoken to Mr Gittany in passing in the hallway.
On one occasion he remembered being introduced to Ms Harnum as Cecilia and agreed the couple appeared happy.
The court was also played a voice recording in which the couple argued about spending time with friends.
Ms Harnum's giggles turned into tears when Mr Gittany said he wanted to see his brother and friends more.
"I wait at home for you ... I don't do anything other than what it is you tell me to do," she said.
"I have nothing else to do in my life ... I don't have anybody else," she said.
An upset Ms Harnum talked about a lack of friends and how she missed her mother.
Mr Gittany repeatedly said: "I love you. Bubba we hang out all the time."
The prosecution case, led by senior Crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi, QC, finished on Monday morning.
Mr Gittany is expected to take the stand when his barrister Philip Strickland, SC, begins the defence case.
The court has heard previously that Mr Gittany was a controlling and abusive partner, who discouraged Ms Harnum from working, secretly monitored her phone and emails and alienated her from her friends.
She had planned to leave him days before her death, the trial has heard.
But Mr Gittany says they had a complicated but loving relationship and he had tried to save her when he climbed into the balcony in the midst of a fight.
Mr Gittany's parents and new girlfriend have supported him every day of the trial.
The trial continues before Justice Lucy McCallum.
- with AAP