Mur­derer’s fam­ily up­set over ev­i­dence

Jus­tice: Gil­roy was jailed for 18 years

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - FRONT PAGE - BY RITA CAMP­BELL

The fam­ily of a man con­victed of one of Scot­land’s most no­to­ri­ous mur­ders has hit out at moves to de­stroy ev­i­dence linked to the crime. David Gil­roy was jailed for 18 years for the death of for­mer lover Suzanne Pil­ley – whose body has never been re­cov­ered but is be­lieved to be hid­den some­where in Ar­gyll.

The fam­ily of a man con­victed of a no­to­ri­ous Scot­tish mur­der crit­i­cised moves to de­stroy ev­i­dence linked to the crime.

David Gil­roy was jailed for 18 years for the death of for­mer lover Suzanne Pil­ley – whose body is be­lieved to be hid­den in Ar­gyll.

Book-keeper Miss Pil­ley, 38, dis­ap­peared in 2010, only yards from the of­fices in cen­tral Ed­in­burgh where she and Gil­roy worked. De­tec­tives car­ried out searches across hun­dreds of square miles of re­mote moun­tains in Ar­gyll.

The Crown Of­fice and Procu­ra­tor Fis­cal Ser­vice (COPFS) has an­nounced plans to ditch the rest of the ev­i­dence used to con­vict him. But Gil­roy’s rel­a­tives say they will never be able to prove his in­no­cence if prose­cu­tors get rid of the ev­i­dence used in his trial.

His step­mother Linda Gil­roy said: “To get rid of ev­i­dence at this stage de­nies David the chance to com­mis­sion ex­perts to show how badly some of the key ev­i­dence used to con­vict him is wrong.

“Scot­land seems to be out of line with Eng­land and Wales and other mod­ern ju­ris­dic­tions in get­ting rid of ev­i­dence at such an early point in a sen­tence.

“How many other Scot­tish pris­on­ers have been, or will be, robbed of the chance to prove that they have been wrong­fully con­victed?”

Sen­tenc­ing Gil­roy at the High Court in Ed­in­burgh in 2012, Lord Bra­cadale said he acted with “quite chill­ing calm­ness” when he was dis­pos­ing of the body.

Gil­roy, who was told he would serve at least 18 years in prison, now hopes to seek ex­pert opin­ions on key ev­i­dence in the case.

COPFS claims it is im­prac­ti­cal to con­tinue to store such ev­i­dence and there is no need.

A spokes­woman said: “David Gil­roy was con­victed of mur­der and his ap­peal and ap­pli­ca­tion to the Scot­tish Crim­i­nal Cases Re­view Com­mis­sion were un­suc­cess­ful..”

“Scot­land seems to be out of line with Eng­land and Wales”

MISS­ING: Suzanne Pil­ley’s re­mains are thought to be hid­den some­where in Ar­gyll

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