It's just as well Justice Lucy McCallum found Simon Gittany guilty of murdering Lisa Harnum, because an innocent verdict was out of the question. The general public decided he was guilty, right from the start.
And this time, police got it right. They didn't slip up and do anything that might give the judge cause to disregard evidence because it was prejudged against the accused. Police had to make sure the media didn't find out that Gittany was a violent man who had spent time in prison and a suspected drug dealer. He had to be presented to the court as an innocent man, with every opportunity to prove his innocence, and he was.
In 1993, when he was unemployed, he was questioned by police for receiving $10,000 worth of stolen goods but it wasn't until 1994 that two police went to his home in Merrylands to arrest him. That's when Gittany and his mother physically attacked both men and as her brother wrestled on the floor with police, his sister looked on, hurling abuse. He bit the ear of one officer and both men had to attend Westmead Hospital. Gittany was sentenced to 30 months for the assault and receiving stolen goods.
Police are currently investigating Gittany's involvement into his business dealings with two convicted methamphetamine dealers who ran a secret drug lab in Sydney. He was also convicted of selling cocaine and sentenced to periodic detention so we now know where the money came from to pay for his expensive suits and the $1000-a-week rent on his Sydney apartment overlooking the beautiful Hyde Park.
Gittany became known to police when he was 18. He was found guilty of bashing a man while one of his friends held him down. The man had tried to stop Gittany from harassing his ex girlfriend but he got off with a good behaviour bond.
Lisa's broken-hearted mother Joan Harnum issued a warning to all other beautiful young women who are being slowly weaned away from their family and friends by their lover/husband. "If your significant other always knows where you are and what you're doing, you need to take a serious look at what's going on.
Mrs Harnum was asked if she thought Gittany was a suitable partner for her daughter, as if she could do anything about it anyway. If your child is in love with someone you don't like, there is no way they can be talked into leaving them, the parent must grin and bear it or risk alienation. Joan Harnum had to stand by and watch as things gradually got worse and when Lisa finally woke up, it was too late.
And it could have been too late for Gittany's current girlfriend Rachelle Louise, had fate not intervened.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that Gittany was assaulted by Downing Centre inmates. He is now in protective custody.