A man has been jailed for at least 18 years for murdering his ex-lover and disposing of her body with a “chilling calmness”, becoming the first convicted killer to have his sentence filmed for British TV.
Judge Lord Bracadale was recorded as he handed David Gilroy a mandatory life sentence for murdering his colleague, Suzanne Pilley, whose body has never been found.
The television camera focused solely on the judge who told Gilroy his fate and said he hoped the killer would reveal where he left the murdered woman’s remains.
It was the first time a UK High Court sentencing was filmed for an on-the-day TV broadcast.
Ms Pilley, 38, a respected and well-liked book-keeper from Edinburgh, made her way to the city centre office she shared with Gilroy on May 4 2010, then “just disappeared”.
Before she got to her desk, jealous Gilroy, 49, confronted her about her decision to end their relationship, then snapped and killed her in a sustained attack.
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