Murder sentencing film first

David Gilroy was jailed for 18 years at the High Court in Edinburgh for the murder of missing bookkeeper Suzanne Pilley. His sentencing is the first court proceeding to be filmed in UK history.

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'Justice has been done' in first televised court

The family of Suzanne Pilley released a statement through Lothian and Borders Police.

We are relieved that the legal process has concluded and it gives us comfort to know justice has been done for Suzanne.

As a family we will continue to try to move on but we will never be able to rest completely until we know where our daughter is.

Suzanne is sorely missed by everyone who knew her, and we would like to say once again how grateful we are for all the support we've had from her friends and colleagues in the past two years.

Gilroy sentence on film

Lord Bracadale sentenced David Gilroy to 18 years in prison for the murder of Suzanne Pilley. This was the first sentence in a British court to be filmed by TV cameras.

Lord Bracadale told Gilroy: "With quite chilling calmness and calculation you...successfully disposed of the body."

He added: "I hope a day will come in your life when you feel able to disclose [where Suzanne Pilley's body is hidden] and that might bring some comfort to her bereft family."


  1. Geraint Vincent

History is made as sentence is filmed

A TV news camera rolls and history is made as a Scottish judge sentences a murderer to life imprisonment.

I tried to photograph the cameraman setting up before sentencing and the court usher stopped me. More open justice maybe, but there can be only one lens, and the court is very strict about which way it points.

Cameras to capture historic moment in court

David Gilroy will return to the High Court in Edinburgh where he will be formally jailed for life for the crime.

David Gilroy pictured leaving Edinburgh High Court in March Credit: Press Association

The 49-year-old was described by prosecutors as a "deceitful and controlling" individual. He was convicted of murdering Suzanne Pilley, of Whitson Road in Edinburgh, 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.

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