Case Study: The Simon Gittany Murder Case
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Type of Homicide
Simon Gittany was charged with the murder of Lisa Cecilia Harnum on 30 July 2011, was later found guilty on 27 November 2013 and sentenced to 18 years imprisoned without parole. At the time of Lisa Harnum's death, she and Simon Gittany were living together and were engaged to be married. Their apartment was on the 15th floor of a block of apartments in Sydney. Miss Harnum fell to her death from the balcony of that apartment. Simon Gittany was found to have deliberately lifted Miss Harnum over the balustrade and "unloaded" her body over the edge where she then fell to her death.
The type of homicide featured in this case was murder. The intention to…show more content… (AustLII 2015)
At the age of 21 Mr Gittany was convicted of two offences of receiving stolen property and assaulting a police office in the execution of his duty and malicious wounding. He was sentenced to a total of 2.5 years to be served by periodic detention. The circumstances of the assault and malicious wounding was on 23 March 1993 two police officers attended Mr Gittany’s home after he failed to appear at Parramatta Local Court in relation to the two charges of receiving stolen property and on being told the purpose of the visit Mr Gittany became agitated and during a struggle he bit Detective Constable Bristow on the ear severing a portion of it. (AustLII 2015)
At the time of the murder Simon Gittany claimed he was running his own business, though it is unclear whether he actually was. He has a number of friends and family willing to do character references for him. (AustLII 2015)
Offender Characteristics And General Patterns
Simon Gittany was a male perpetrator. In almost 4 out of 5 intimate partner homicides the perpetrator was a male (Australian Institute of Criminology 1998).
Simon Gittany committed the murder in the home (AustLII 2015), the majority of intimate-partner homicides occur in the intimacy of the home where the amount of external social control is very limited (Australian Institute of Criminology 1998).
Simon Gittany did not appear to be working at the time of the