Should you not have been following the twitter hash tag #Gittany yesterday there’s lots you need to catch up on.
Though you could just watch the paid interview being given by the glamorous Rachelle Louise on Sunday night on the Seven Network.
If you didn’t know about the impending tell-all surely yesterday’s media coverage and her bizarre performance at Gittany’s sentencing would have alerted you to the fact that it is on.
On a day full of Australia media crime starlets – with Schapelle Corby’s imminent release and Rachelle Louise’s Burberry handbag it was hard to get away from the flying cheque books.
But amidst the screenplays, the heavily promoted interviews and the carefully blow-dried hairdos there’s a family grieving and the tragedy of a life lost.
Yesterday’s hearing was the first day of sentencing for Simon Gittany, 40, who was found guilty of throwing his fiancee, Lisa Harnum from the balcony of their 15th- floor inner-city apartment in 2011 in a “fit of rage” upon learning she was leaving him.
How the day started
Lindy Chamberlain, Gordon Wood and Simon Gittany.
Strange bedfellows – but linked by a bizarre demonstration with the parade of glossy haired, sun glassed family and friends of Simon Gittany who arrived at yesterday’s sentencing.
Bearing placards proclaiming his innocence and comparing him to killers whose convictions had been overturned – Gittany’s girlfriend Rachelle Louise led the way.
They walked into the Darlinghurst Supreme Court complex in Sydney, with placards – “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?” another read.
The victim impact statement
Lisa Harnum’s mother told the court through her victim impact statement that the loss of her daughter had left a hole in her heart.
Her statement was read out by Lisa Harnum’s former counsellor, Michelle Richmond, as Harnum’s mother lives in Canada.
Joan Harnum said that her heart that would never heal.
She called her daughter’s death a “senseless and thoughtless act of violence” and said no one had the right to control a person’s life so intensely.
Lisa’s death has caused an outcry around the world to stop violence against women,” Ms Harnum said in the statement.
“Her death and the white ribbon campaign are part of a campaign to stop this violence.
In heartbreaking words she described how thoroughly the death of her daughter had ripped her apart.
“When a parent dies, you lose your past. When a child dies, you lose your future,”
The new witness
Yesterday’s hearing was the beginning of the sentencing for Simon Gittany and in a shock move the Crown introduced a new witness.
The witness, who wasn’t named, told the court she was a friend of Gittany’s dead fiancé Lisa Harnum who met her through the Australian Hair and Beauty College at Bondi.
The woman said that Lisa Harnum had told her several times that Gittany had threatened to kill her if she ever left him.