The man accused of throwing his fiancee off a high-rise balcony has entered a formal plea of not guilty in the NSW Supreme Court.

Simon Gittany pleaded not guilty on Friday to murdering Canadian Lisa Harnum by pushing her off the balcony of their apartment in Sydney's CBD on July 30, 2011.

The 39-year-old has consistently maintained his innocence, doing so again during his formal arraignment at the NSW Supreme Court on Friday.

Dressed in a black suit with a pale blue shirt, and wearing an earring in one ear, Gittany said, "Not guilty," when asked to enter a plea.

Magistrate Clare Farnan ruled in January, after a committal hearing, that there there was enough evidence for Gittany to stand trial over Ms Harnum's death.

During the hearing the Downing Centre Local Court heard that the prosecution case relied heavily on the account of a witness crossing Hyde Park who saw an object he believed at the time was a duffel bag being dropped from the balcony.

It was only when he got closer that the witness realised the object was a person.

The magistrate said CCTV evidence from inside the apartment building showing Gittany dragging Ms Harnum back inside their unit, and accounts from neighbours who heard screams also contributed to her decision.

She said some evidence pointed to Gittany's innocence, including the fact he had told police about the existence of CCTV footage.

Gittany is due to face a five to six week trial in October.

 

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