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Court refuses Pilley killer’s plea for case review

A prison service van takes David Gilroy from the High Court in Edinburgh to begin his 18-year sentence in 2012. The murderer of Suzanne Pilley has lost his bid to have the Supreme Court review his case. Picture: Ian Rutherford

A prison service van takes David Gilroy from the High Court in Edinburgh to begin his 18-year sentence in 2012. The murderer of Suzanne Pilley has lost his bid to have the Supreme Court review his case. Picture: Ian Rutherford

  • by ANGUS HOWARTH
 

THE highest court in the land has thrown out David Gilroy’s application to have his conviction for the murder of bookkeeper Suzanne Pilley reviewed.

Gilroy was sentenced to life imprisonment and ordered to serve at least 18 years behind bars after being found guilty of murdering his ex-lover Ms Pilley and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

The Supreme Court in London has refused his application to have his case reviewed.

Gilroy was tried at the High Court in Edinburgh in February 2012 and was convicted of murder the following month.

Ms Pilley’s body has never been found.

The jury in Gilroy’s trial heard he was driven by jealousy, maintained a front of normality and embarked on a series of acts to cover up his crime.

He took 38-year-old Ms Pilley’s body to a secret grave, believed to be in remote Argyll.

Married Gilroy has protested his innocence since the day she vanished.

Judge Lord Bracadale told Gilroy, 49, when he was convicted that he hoped he would one day say where he abandoned the victim’s body.

Gilroy’s case made legal history when he became the first convicted killer to have his sentencing filmed for British television.

 

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