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The sentencing of a convicted murderer will be allowed to be filmed on TV cameras for the first time in UK (26 April 2012)

Date: 26/04/2012
Duncan Lewis, Legal News Solicitors, The sentencing of a convicted murderer will be allowed to be filmed on TV cameras for the first time in UK

A first of its kind in the legal history of UK the sentencing of a convicted murderer has been filmed for TV today.

Cameras recorded the judge Lord Bracadale telling 49-year old David Gilroy that he had shown "chilling calmness and calculation" when he attacked Suzanne Pilley, 38, and disposed of her body.

The Edinburgh court had allowed the cameras into the court hall where David Gilroy was sentenced for life for killing book-keeper Suzanne Pilley.
Gilroy was convicted of Suzanne’s murder last month after a trial which lasted over four weeks. Ms Pilley, 38, was Gilroy’s former lover and colleague. She had disappeared about two years back after making a regular journey to work in the center of Edinburgh.
Gilroy has been convicted for killing her in cold blood at her workplace and abandoned the body in a secret grave, thought to be in remote Argyll
He is to be taken to the High Court in Edinburgh, where his jail term will be formalized, as required by law.
Married Gilroy was convicted of murdering Ms Pilley, of Whitson Road, Edinburgh, by ''unknown means'' on May 4 2010. She had been filmed on CCTV making her way to work at Infrastructure Managers Limited (IML) in Thistle Street, but failed to arrive at her desk.
The 49-year, old Gilroy was described by prosecutors as a ''deceitful and controlling'' individual will also find out the minimum length of time he must spend behind bars before he can be considered for release.
The killer, who embarked on a series of calculated steps to cover up his crime, was also found guilty of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by hiding her body and driving it to various locations in Scotland in the boot of his car.
Gilroy, from the Silverknowes area of Edinburgh, denied any involvement in her disappearance.
The broadcaster STV was allowed to record Judge Lord Bracadale’s pronouncement after a successful application.
It is said that this would be the first time in the UK that TV news cameras have been allowed to film a sentencing in a criminal court.

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