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Wirral man who served 19 years for wife's murder in new bid to challenge conviction

Eddie Gilfoyle Credit: Press Association.

A man from Wirral who served 18 years behind bars for the murder of his heavily-pregnant wife, has launched a new legal action in a long-running fight to have his conviction overturned.

Eddie Gilfoyle was convicted at Liverpool Crown Court in 1993 of killing former factory worker Paula Gilfoyle and faking her suicide.

Paula, 32, was eight-and-a-half months pregnant when she was found hanging in the garage of the couple's home at Upton, Wirral, Merseyside, on June 4 1992.

Her death was initially treated as suicide.

Mr Gilfoyle has always insisted he is innocent but has so far failed to successfully challenge his conviction.

Last year, the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), an independent body which investigates possible miscarriages of justice, declined to refer his case back to the Court of Appeal for a further review.

Mr Gilfoyle was at the High Court in London today seeking a judicial review of the CCRC's decision, arguing its reasoning in reaching its conclusion was "fundamentally misguided in a number of critical respects".

Mr Gilfoyle, who is now in his 50s, wants the Court of Appeal to reconsider the "safety" of his conviction in the light of "fresh evidence" derived from Paula Gilfoyle's personal diaries and papers.

His case was previously referred to the Court of Appeal by the CCRC, but in 2000 three leading judges ruled that his conviction was safe.

A decision on Mr Gilfoyle's application will be given at a future date as the judges adjourned the proceedings for submissions to be provided in writing by the CCRC.

"This material had, and has, the capacity to provide an important counter-weight to the evidence of her positive disposition that was called at trial."

– Ben Emmerson QC, legal representative for Eddie Gilfoyle