A small cryptic message found on a ripped-up card inside the pocket of a Sydney woman who was allegedly murdered by her fiancée could provide an insight into their relationship, a court has heard.
"There's surveillance cameras inside and outside the house," the message - written in unusual ink on the small card - read, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Simon Gittany is accused of murdering his fiancée Lisa Cecilia Harnum in July 2011 by throwing her off their 15th storey balcony in a fit of rage after she tried to leave him.
Prosecutor Daniel Noll said the message on the card could be seen as evidence of Mr Gittany's "jealous" and "domineering" nature.
''I think it's that she had it in her pocket to warn people,'' Mr Noll said.
''That demonstrates the consciousness of the surveillance the accused subjected the deceased to and was a hallmark of the jealous and controlling relationship.''
Mr Gittany had installed pinhole cameras inside the apartment to see who came to the door, the court heard.
In a statement tendered to the court Ms Harnum's mother said her daughter had begged her to come from Canada to get her.
''Lisa said to me, 'Mommy can you please come and get me?' I said, 'I can come this Friday August 8, can you hang on till then?'".
''I wish now I had just dropped everything and ran to her.''
Mr Gittany's barrister, Anthony Bellanto, QC, said his client did not deny he had argued with his fiancée before her death.
''He concedes candidly that she told him she was leaving and she grabbed her handbag, went to leave through the front door and he stopped her,'' Mr Bellanto said.
Mr Bellanto said Mr Gittany told police Ms Harnum had tried to leave the apartment but he brought her back inside.
''I was in the kitchen and I saw her run past to the balcony. I remember thinking, 'What's on the balcony?'. I saw her step over the railing onto the little cliff face," he said Mr Gittany told police.
''I was just grabbing her. I might have had her handbag or jacket and then she was gone.''
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald
Author: Emily O'Keefe, Approving editor: Matthew Henry