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Case Study: The Simon Gittany Murder Case

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Weight: 30% Length: 1500 words (+/- 10%) What type of homicide is featured in this case? (Note: Be as specific as possible) [4 marks] What are the main characteristics of the offender (eg. age, ethnicity, occupation, previous criminal history, previous victimisation, health-related issues, family history)? [15 marks] To what extent are these offender characteristics similar to or different from general patterns in offenders who commit this particular type of homicide? (Please provide references for information provided on trends in the general offender characteristics). [15 marks] What are the main characteristics of the victim (eg. age, ethnicity, occupation, previous criminal history, previous victimisation, health-related issues, family history)? [15 marks] To what extent are these victim characteristics similar to or different from general patterns in victims of this particular type of homicide? [15 marks] What were the warning signs that emerged as risk factors in the lead up to the homicide incident in this case? Please provide justifications for your answers. (Note: By warning signs we mean any occurrence or evidence before the murder which suggested that the victim may have been in danger of being harmed by the offender) [18 marks] Identify the potential guardians in this case who had the power to potentially protect the victim from being harmed by the offender in this case. Please provide justifications for your answers. (Note: Potential guardians could be people who could have taken action to try and protect the victim prior to the actual homicide, and/or people who could have taken action to try and protect the victim during the attack which resulted in the victim’s death). [18 marks]

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Crimes Criminal law Behavior German criminal law Murder in German law Domestic violence Homicide: Life on the Street Murder Violence Schizoid personality disorder Simon Gittany Lisa Cecilia Harnum
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Crimes Criminal law Behavior German criminal law Murder in German law Domestic violence Homicide: Life on the Street Murder Violence Schizoid personality disorder Simon Gittany Lisa Cecilia Harnum
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Simon Gittany was charged with the murder of his fiancée Lisa Cecilia Harnum on the 30th of July 2011, on the 27th of November 2013 he was found guilty and sentenced to 26 years in jail, with a non-parole period of 18 years. Simon Gittany and Lisa Harnum were engaged to be married, living together in their apartment on the 15th floor of a block of apartments in Liverpool Street, Sydney. It was that same apartment, from the building known as ‘The Hyde’ that Lisa Cecilia Harnum fell from the balcony to her death; it was discovered that she died upon impact. ‘Simon Gittany was found to have intentionally lifted Miss Harnum over the balustrade and “unloaded” her over the edge. The accused says that she climbed over the balustrade of her own accord and either slipped or allowed herself to fall off the awning on the other side....
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