The sentencing of a man convicted of murdering a missing woman whose body has never been found has been recorded for television in a legal first.
Cameras were allowed into the High Court in Edinburgh where David Gilroy was jailed for life for the murder of book-keeper Suzanne Pilley.
Lord Bracadale sentenced David Gilroy to a minimum of 18 years behind bars.
Lord Bracadale told Gilroy:
Cameras have been allowed in following a successful application by broadcaster STV - but there were strict guidelines:
- The camera will focus on the judge
- No other person could be shown except the macer and the clerk
- Any intervention from the public gallery, or the accused, would have been edited out (none occurred)
The court heard how Gilroy killed Suzanne Pilley in cold blood at her workplace and abandoned the body in a secret grave, thought to be in remote Argyll.
The 49-year-old was described by prosecutors as a "deceitful and controlling" individual.
He was convicted of murdering Suzanne Pilley by "unknown means" on May 4 2010. She had been filmed on CCTV making her way to work but failed to arrive at her desk.
Gilroy embarked on a series of calculated steps to cover up his crime. He hid her body and drove it to various locations in Scotland in the boot of his car. He denied any involvement in her disappearance.
Following the verdict, the victim's parents, Sylvia and Robert Pilley,released a statement through Lothian and Borders Police.