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Man convicted over Pilley murder

The grieving parents of a murdered book-keeper said their ordeal continues as her "deceitful and controlling" former lover faces a life sentence for the killing.

Suzanne Pilley, 38, vanished without trace nearly two years ago after making a routine journey to work in Edinburgh city centre. She was killed in cold blood at her workplace by colleague David Gilroy and abandoned in a "lonely grave" believed to be in rural Argyll.

Married Gilroy then went about his business as normal and embarked on a series of "chilling and calculated" steps to cover up his crime.

Ms Pilley's parents said justice had been done as the 49-year-old was finally convicted of her murder at the High Court in Edinburgh.

However her body has never been found and they can now only wait and hope that Gilroy will one day reveal its whereabouts.

After the killer was led away to the cells, Sylvia and Robert Pilley, who wept as the verdict was delivered, said in a statement: "Although the trial has ended, our ordeal goes on, and we hope that one day we can lay our daughter to rest."

They said: "This day has been a long time coming but finally Suzanne has received the justice she deserved. As a family we continue to struggle to come to terms with losing her: we have lost our daughter but her memory lives on in everyone who knew her."

Gilroy was convicted of murdering Ms Pilley by "unknown means" on May 4 2010.

He 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.

The jury of eight men and seven women began their deliberations on Tuesday afternoon and returned their verdicts on the 19th day of the trial. Gilroy, from the Silverknowes area of Edinburgh, denied any involvement in her disappearance.


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