For Lisa Harnum, life was complicated.
As a ballerina living in Sydney away from her family in Canada, she battled daily with bulimia and anxiety.
Lisa fought her whole life to control the illness that took over her mind and her body. However dangerous her eating disorder was for her health, however, it did not kill her.
What killed her was much more sinister than bulima, much more dangerous than anxiety.
It came in the form of the man she loved.
The man who tried to dominate her, who would ultimately take control of her life and ultimately end her life.
Yesterday in the Supreme Court of Sydney, the verdict came down for Simon Gittany as GUILTY of the murder of his ballerina fiancé.
His new girlfriend Rachael apparently screamed and had to be escorted from court as the verdict was read out. Gittany showed little emotion and kept his head down.
Speaking after the trial, Lisa’s mother Joan said she looked into the eyes of Simon’s girlfriend and felt sorry for her.
”I looked into the poor girl’s [Rachelle Louise] eyes and I could see unhappiness. I looked straight down at her one day and she just looked at me and I just felt so sorry for her. I saw the same look in my daughter’s eyes,” she said.
“To the girls: if something doesn’t seem right, try and get help, someone you can talk to. You gotta reach out to somebody, to share it with, to help you deal with the situation because [you] can’t do it alone.”
It’s a trial that has gripped the country – and created international headlines.
In delivering her verdict Justice Lucy McCallum said she had no doubt Mr Gittany and Ms Harnum loved each other but said that was not the complete picture.
Over more than five hours, she described the former ballerina as a “warm and vivacious person. She made fun of herself and made other people laugh.”
She went on to say that, by late 2010, Ms Harnum was being “subjected to a degree of scrutiny that was intrusive and overbearing”.
Simon Gittany was “a controlling, abusive and domineering partner”
In bringing down her verdict declaring Simon Gittany guilty, the Supreme Court justice described him as being “controlling, dominating and at times abusive.”
During the trial we saw haunting fragile images of the skin-and-bones dark haired beauty who was his fiancee.