Gittany jailed for 18 years

SIMON Gittany has been jailed for a minimum of 18 years with a maximum of 26 years for killing his fiancee Lisa Harnum by throwing her off a Sydney high rise in 2011.

Justice Lucy McCallum said Ms Harnum must have been "in a state of complete terror in the last moments before her death".

Meanwhile, Ms Harnum's mother revealed she has signed a deal with Channel Seven and Gittany's lawyer flagged an appeal against her client's conviction.

Gittany, after hearing he would spend a maximum of 26 years in jail, stared straight ahead and his head dropped.

He did not look at or speak to his family and was escorted out of the courtroom in silence by Corrective Services officers.

After Justice Judy McCallum handed down the sentence in the NSW Supreme Court today, one of Gittany's sisters stood up and declared: "In the name of Jesus Christ, he won't be doing any of that time."

She was removed from the courtroom.

A woman in the public balcony whooped loudly in apparent celebration. As Gittany was being taken down, the same woman shouted: "Off the balcony you go!"

In November last year, Gittany, 40, was found guilty of murder by throwing Ms Harnum, 31, from the 15th floor of their luxury inner-city apartment block, in what the judge described as a "fit of rage".

The judge-only trial lasted more than a month. 

Smartphone
Tablet - Narrow
Tablet - Wide
Desktop