Televised sentencing marks British first

18th April 2012, Comments 0 comments

A man who murdered his partner made history on Wednesday when he became the first person to be sentenced live on British television.

Judge Alastair Campbell sentenced David Gilroy to at least 18 years in prison for the murder of 38-year-old Suzanne Pilley, whose body has never been found after she went missing two years ago.

Television cameras were on hand at Edinburgh High Court to capture for the first time a criminal sentencing for broadcast on the same day, sparking debate about whether it could soon be allowed in English courts.

On sentencing, Campbell said: "I hope that the day will come in your life when you feel able to disclose that information and that may bring some comfort to her bereft family, particularly her mother and father who, after giving evidence, sat in quiet dignity throughout the rest of the trial.

"The evidence indicated that, having confronted her over her decision to end the relationship, you lost your temper and murdered her in a sustained attack."

© 2012 AFP

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