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I didn�t kill her, I loved her
Campaign: New girlfriend Rachelle Louise outside the court. Picture: AAP

"There are many things I want to say . . . I just don't know how to begin."

Simon Gittany uttered the words with slow conviction, staring at the packed public gallery who had gathered for his sentencing hearing in the NSW Supreme Court yesterday.

"I was found guilty of a crime and I maintain my innocence," he said.

It was the 40-year-old's first public statement since he was found guilty late last year of throwing his Canadian fiancee Lisa Harnum to her death from their luxury 15th-floor Sydney apartment.

"I would never kill anyone. It is not who I am," Gittany said.

"I am a Christian, God-fearing. I believe in God, always have. I would never, ever kill anybody."

Moments earlier, his family, friends and new girlfriend Rachelle Louise had marched to the courthouse carrying placards comparing his fate to the wrongful convictions of Andrew Mallard, Darryl Beamish and Lindy Chamberlain.

"They believe in my innocence," Gittany said, when asked about the protest.

"They want the world to know the truth."

The mystery surrounding 30-year-old Ms Harnum's death on July 30, 2011 has gripped Sydney for months.

At his trial, Gittany claimed his fiancee - who he said had a history of histrionic behaviour - ran impulsively on to the balcony awning after an argument and fell over the edge as he desperately tried to save her.

But a judge found he had killed her in a state of "uncontrollable rage" after he discovered she was leaving him.

The trial was told of security cameras Gittany had installed in his apartment and how he had hacked Ms Harnum's phone to monitor her text messages. A torn-up note found in her pocket read: "There are surveillance cameras inside and outside the house."

In a victim statement read to the court yesterday, Ms Harnum's mother Joan described her daughter's death as "a cry heard around the world" about violence against women.

"Let my daughter's cries be heard," she wrote.

Taking the stand, Gittany said he would never have done anything to harm the woman he loved.

"If it is any consolation whatsoever I want you to know that your daughter, your sister, did not die as a result of being murdered," he said.

"We were in love and we loved each other very much."

His sister Barbara wept as she gave character evidence and Gittany tried to console her from across the court.

Barbara: "I mean just look at him. He's lost so much weight. You can't comprehend what this has done to him."

Gittany: "I don't care, sister."

Barbara: "I love you."

In a surprise twist, prosecutor Mark Tedeschi brought forward a new witness, saying the woman had contacted police midway through Gittany's trial with crucial evidence about the murder.

The woman said that in early 2010, Ms Harnum had told her of Gittany's threatening behaviour, saying he had cameras in the apartment and was monitoring her text messages.

"This is a man who had contemplated, for a very extensive period, the possibility of murdering his fiancee," Mr Tedeschi said. "And when it came to it, he carried it out."

But Justice Lucy McCallum rejected the evidence after Gittany's lawyer Philip Strickland accused the witness of fabricating her testimony. He said Gittany and Ms Harnum weren't in a relationship at the time she was supposed to have made the claims and told the witness she had made up her evidence after following the case in the media.

Ms Louise, who had led the earlier protest outside court, said her boyfriend would never harm anyone and had been vilified by the media.

"My relationship with Simon is amazing. He's the best boyfriend I ever had. He's so caring and amazing and beautiful," she said, weeping.

"My family absolutely loves Simon . . . (he) is an honest person."

The hearing continues today.