Killer Gilroy’s complaints against police upheld

Suzanne Pilley's killer, David Gilroy. Picture: Jon Savage
Suzanne Pilley's killer, David Gilroy. Picture: Jon Savage
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THE killer of bookkeeper Suzanne Pilley has had a number of complaints he made against the police upheld by a watchdog.

David Gilroy, from Silverknowes, was convicted of murdering Ms Pilley shortly after she ended their affair in 2010 – but no body or forensic evidence was ever found.

Now the 52-year-old, who has always maintained his innocence, has had five of the 15 complaints he made to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) upheld.

His complaints are understood to relate to the collection of evidence before the 2012 trial, in which he was convicted before a jury.

Pirc also made six recommendations to Police Scotland which have been implemented in full but are yet to be made public.

Meanwhile, a new complaint from Gilroy about how Pirc followed up its recommendations has now been lodged.

A Pirc spokeswoman said: “[We] can confirm that various issues have been raised by Mr Gilroy regarding a complaint handling review issued to him more than two years ago.

“The Commissioner stands firmly by the findings made in the review, with five of Mr Gilroy’s 15 complaints assessed as not being dealt with properly by the then Lothian and Borders Police.

“Of the six recommendations made, they have all been implemented by Police Scotland.

“A response will be issued to Mr Gilroy directly in relation to the most recent issues he has raised with the PIRC.”

She added: “It would not be appropriate at this time to comment further on these issues.”

Suzanne Pilley disappeared in May 2010 at the age of 38, sparking a major police hunt as worried family and friends frantically tried to track her down.

It is believed her former lover Gilroy, who was described in court as possessive and manipulative, killed her in the basement of the building where they worked in Thistle Street before burying her body more than 100 miles away in the forests of 
Argyll.

A review into Gilroy’s 
conviction by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission is currently under way and his wife, parents and children are backing his appeal.

The family is campaigning for the release of CCTV footage they claim could prove his innocence – despite the Crown Office insisting it was already available to the defence before the trial – and are calling into question key aspects of the case.

They also claim a small blue car spotted near the Thistle Street office on the morning of Ms Pilley’s disappearance has never been found.

Gilroy was sentenced to serve a minimum of 18 years in prison in 2012, with the guilty verdict later backed by appeal judges.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Following the Case Handling Review recommendations we received from the PIRC, we have complied in full and responded directly to Mr Gilroy.”

alistair.grant@edinburghnews.com