Gittany supporters in silent protest
RAW VISION: Supporters of convicted murderer Simon Gittany arrive at Sydney's Darlinghurst Supreme Court ahead of his sentence hearing.PT1M0S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-320bd 620 349 February 5, 2014
The family and friends of convicted murderer Simon Gittany have marched into court for his sentencing hearing bearing placards proclaiming his innocence and comparing him to Lindy Chamberlain and Gordon Wood.
The silent protest was led by Gittany's girlfriend Rachelle Louise.
The family made no comment as they walked into the Darlinghurst Supreme Court complex in Sydney.
Showing support: Simon Gittany's partner Rachelle Louise, left, holds a sign outside court with other protesters. Photo: Peter Rae
In November last year, Gittany, 40, was found guilty of murder by throwing his then fiancee, Lisa Harnum, 31, from the 15th floor of their luxury inner-city apartment block in 2011, in what the judge described as a "fit of rage".
The verdict brought tears, fury, and a torrent of abuse from Gittany's family.
The drama continued on Wednesday as a phalanx of the killer's family marched into court carrying placards declaring his innocence.
Protest: Rachelle Louise, centre, with other supporters outside court today. Photo: Peter Rae
"How do you render some 1 unconscious in less than 65 secs without any trauma on the body?" read one placard.
"Why was Lisa still holding her handbag and how if she was unconscious?" said another.
Another sign listed famous people who had been convicted of murder only to have the decision overturned on appeal, including Lindy Chamberlain, Gordon Wood, Andrew Mallard and Roseanne Catt.
Simon Gittany, pictured with Rachelle Louise before his conviction. Photo: Dallas Kilponen
Gittany entered the dock in a white shirt and black suit and turned to the public gallery where he waved at a number of people.
He smiled at Ms Louise, who stood up and leaned forward so she could whisper a few words to him.
The pair shared a conversation for a few seconds before Justice Lucy McCallum entered the court.
Killed: Lisa Harnum.
Ms Harnum's mother Joan and brother Jason were not able to attend the hearing due to family reasons and have asked her daughter's former counsellor, Michelle Richmond, to read their victim impact statement.
The decision is expected in the coming weeks.