‘Dragged to her death by jealous boyfriend’: Chilling images shows man clamping hand over screaming girlfriend’s mouth moments before ‘he hurled her from Sydney balcony’

Ladies, here is another reason why you seriously need to leave that dude who beats you up because he loves you so much he can’t control himself. He just might lose control to the point of sending you to an early grave.

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  • Simon Gittany is accused of throwing Lisa  Harnum over balcony in 2011
  • Her last moments caught on ‘spy’ camera  he set up in flat in Sydney
  • Neighbours allegedly heard her scream  ‘please help me God’ before fall
  • Witness says he saw man drop black object  from balcony and ‘fist-pump’
  • Gittany described as ‘controlling’ and  made her ‘life’s function to submit to his will’

By  Matt Blake

His hand clamped over her mouth to stifle a  ‘bone-chilling’ scream for help, a fiancé wrestles with his bride-to-be –  minutes before she plunged 15 storeys to her death.

Lisa Harnum was allegedly heard yelling,  ‘please help me, God help me’ as she fought for her life on the balcony of the  flat she shared with Simon Gittany in Sydney, Australia, on the night of July 30  2011.

But nobody came. Moments later she was lying  dead, her body 150-feet down on the footpath below.

And today it was revealed the  30-year-old’s  terrifying last moments were captured on the very pin-hole camera ‘controlling  and abusive’ Gittany set up to spy on her every  move.

His hand clamped over her mouth to stifle her 'bone-chilling' screams for help, a shirtless Simon Gittany wrestles fiancee Lisa Harnam - minutes before she plunged 15-storeys to her death.Terror: His hand clamped over her mouth to stifle her  ‘bone-chilling’ screams for help, a shirtless Simon Gittany wrestles fiancee  Lisa Harnam – minutes before she plunged 15-storeys to her death. The footage  was captured on a pin-hole camera that he set up in the flat to spy on  her

 

Gittany, 37, has pleaded not guilty to  murdering his Canadian-born fiancée  claiming he was trying to save her from suicide before she fell.

A neighbour, however, claims he saw a topless  man ‘fist-pumping’ on the terrace after something had gone over the edge,  9News reported.

At court: Gittany, 37, is accused of murdering Canadian-born Miss Harnam on July 30, 2011. At court: Gittany, 37, denies murdering Canadian-born  Miss Harnam on July 30, 2011, claiming he was trying to stop her from  jumping

 

Another witness walking past The Hyde  apartment block in the heart of the city told police he saw a topless man  holding what appeared to be black luggage horizontally over the balcony before  it fell to earth.

‘Of course, it was not a piece of luggage, it  was Miss Harnum wearing black clothing,’ Crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi QC said  today at Gittany’s murder trial.

Gittany was so jealous, Mr Tedeschi claimed,  that he had banned her from seeing  friends,  forbade her from taking a job as a hairdresser and even hired a  personal trainer to come to their home so she wouldn’t go to the gym where he  thought she would be ogled by other men.

Describing Gittany as ‘controlling and  abusive’, Tedeschi said he made her  become Catholic, do her hair and dress exactly how he told her.

‘[He believed] it was her function in life to  submit to his will as the male in the relationship,’ Mr Tedeschi said.

But his vice-like grip over her life was  still not enough, the court heard. Mr Tedeschi told jurors Gittany even set up a  network of mini cameras around the apartment to keep tabs on her and secretly  read her emails and text messages.

It was because of this forensic campaign of  surveillance that he caught wind of her plan to leave him with the help of two  friends, the court heard. As a result he allegedly abused one of them over the  phone, advising them to stay away.

In the months leading up to her death, the  court heard, Miss Harnum had become so fearful of her fiancé’s jealous rage  that, when she did venture outside, she only ever stared at the ground or into  his eyes for fear he might accuse her of looking at other men.

‘The deceased‘s confidence became more and  more diminished,’ Mr Tedeschi said.O

Simon GittanyReign of fear: In the months leading up to her death,  the court heard, Miss Harnam had become so fearful of Gittany’s jealous rage  that, when she did venture outside, she only ever stared at the ground or into  his eyes for fear he might accuse her of looking at other men

 

Giving evidence today, Miss Harnum’s mother  said told the court: ‘She told me he was always very controlling and wanted to  always know where she was, what she was doing, who she was with, what she was  wearing.’

She said when Miss Harnum plucked up the  courage to tell Gittany she was leaving him, he threatened to destroy her  chances of getting permanent Australian residency – a dream she had harboured  since moving to the country.

Gittany’s defence barrister Philip Strickland  SC said Miss Harnum was a ‘conflicted, complicated and confused woman’ prone to  over-reacting when she didn’t get her own way.

Mr Strickland said Gittany only monitored her  text messages via a computer programme because she had told him she had a secret  that she couldn’t disclose to him.

‘The secret ate into their relationship,’ he  said

Her fingerprints were not found  on the glass  or metal rail of the balcony onto which he said she climbed before she  fell

Culled from dailymail.co.uk

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