Suzanne Pilley murder case to be reviewed

Suzanne Pilley disappeared in May 2010. Pic: comp

Suzanne Pilley disappeared in May 2010. Pic: comp

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THE MAN convicted of murdering Edinburgh book-keeper Suzanne Pilley is to have his case reviewed, it emerged today.

David Gilroy who is serving at least 18 years for the murder of 38-year-old Suzanne has already lost an appeal against conviction.

However his legal team have secured a review by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Comission which it is reported could result in the case returning to court.

Ms Pilley disappeared in May 2010. Her body has never been found.

A statement from the Gilroy family today said the applicaton for a review was “substantial” and raised questions including the gathering of evidence and evidence not used by the defence team at the trial.

It said: “The family remain supportive of David in his work to bring to the attention of the justice system the significant flaws in the case brought against him.

“He has now spent nearly three years in prison wrongly convicted of a crime which he did not commit. The family is concerned at the time which it is taking to get recognition of what they believe to be a serious miscarriage of justice involving faults by all parts of the justice system.

“David Gilroy’s family and friends hope that 2015 will see significant steps taken towards quashing his conviction and ending this protracted period of appalling injustice in all their lives.”

The move by Scotland’s miscarriage of justice watchdog has been described as “almost a second appeal”. The decision is significant because only a small percentage of cases are considered strong enough to be examined fully.

Of cases which are reviewed, only five per cent are referred to the High Court when the SCCRC believes there has been a miscarriage of justice.

Gilroy, 51, formerly of Silverknowes, was jailed in April 2012 for murdering Ms Pilley, who was his colleague and former girlfriend.

Prosecutors believe he may have dumped her remains close to the Rest and Be Thankful road near Arrochar in Argyll.

A spokesman for the SCCRC confirmed that the application had been accepted for full review.