Suzanne Pilley’s killer jailed for 18 years
Cameras allowed into Edinburgh court
A MAN was jailed for at least 18 years today for the murder of his former lover, whose body has never been found.
Suzanne Pilley, 38, disappeared nearly two years ago after making her usual journey to work in Edinburgh city centre.
The book-keeper, described as a devoted daughter and an exemplary colleague, never arrived at her desk, having been killed at her workplace that morning, on May 4, 2010, by colleague David Gilroy.
The 49-year-old – said by prosecutors to be a “deceitful and controlling“ individual – returned to the High Court in Edinburgh today where he was jailed for life and told he must spend a minimum of 18 years behind bars before he can be considered for release.
In a legal first, part of today’s hearing was filmed for television.
Following an application by broadcaster STV, the camera recorded judge Lord Bracadale as he told Gilroy his fate.
It was the first time in the UK that TV news cameras have been allowed to film a sentencing in a criminal court for broadcast on the same day.