David Gilroy who murdered office worker Suzanne Pilley has lost his latest legal battle
David Gilroy, who has always maintained his innocence, was jailed in March 2012 for life for murdering his former lover and work colleague and dumping her body, which has never been found.
The ex-Royal Navy technician, who cheated on his wife with Suzanne, 38, appealed to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) in January 2015 after previous bids to challenge his conviction were rejected.
Gilroy, now 54, claimed he had suffered a miscarriage of justice but it has now emerged that the commission has completed its review and has closed the case.
Last night, Gilroy's family said they were "shocked" by the decision, accusing the SCCRC's analysis of falling "far short of a full and fair investigation" into the detail of the case.
The family remain supportive of David in his work to bring to the attention of the justice system the significant flaws in the case brought against him
Suzanne, who had ended her affair with Gilroy, vanished on her way to work in central Edinburgh in May 2010.
The jury in Gilroy's trial heard he was driven by jealousy. He embarked on a series of acts to cover up his crime.
Police believe he killed Suzanne in their office basement before driving to Argyll and dumping her body in a forest after laying a false trail of his movements.
David Gilroy, who has always maintained his innocence, was jailed in March 2012 for life
Specialist search teams failed to find any trace of her remains.
Gilroy was jailed for a minimum of 18 years. Wife Andrea, who stood by him throughout, released a family statement outlining reasons for his SCCRC application when it was launched in January 2015.
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It said the inquiry would look at "the gathering of evidence, disclosure practices, non-disclosure of evidence, evidence not used by the defence team at the trial, evidence not available at the trial and trial and appeal procedures".
It added: "The family remain supportive of David in his work to bring to the attention of the justice system the significant flaws in the case brought against him. He has spent nearly three years in prison wrongly convicted of a crime which he did not commit.
"The family is concerned at the time it is taking to get recognition of what they believe to be a serious miscarriage of justice involving faults by all parts of the justice system.
"Family and friends hope 2015 will see significant steps taken towards quashing his conviction and ending this protracted period of appalling injustice in all their lives."
In February last year, judges at the Court of Session in Edinburgh refused an application from Gilroy to allow him to access CCTV evidence in connection with his appeal.
Suzanne Pilley body has never been found
Reacting to the SCCRC decision, the Gilroy family claimed evidence against him – involving a dog handler who searched Ms Pilley's workplace at IML in the city's Thistle Street – was "unreliable" and should not have been put before a court.
They said: "For the time being David will not now have the chance to have this properly re-examined in a court."
The family also said that Gilroy's defence case was inadequate, with "50 per cent of what could have been put to the court in his defence did not come before it."
"He attempted to show this in his application and many of the questions raised have had no real answers from the Commission," they said.
The statement claimed there were "errors, misunderstandings" in the Commission's 200 page-report.
It added: "The thing is there will be no closure on this case until the police are faced up with looking in a different direction for the answer as to what happened to Suzanne Pilley on 4th May 2010.
"We will now consider what else we can do to support David in his quest to clear his name in the hope that a fresh enquiry will take place which may stand some chance of uncovering the truth."
Gilroy has previously appealed his conviction and failed in a bid to have his case looked at by the UK Supreme Court.
He could ask for a subsequent review of the case by the commission but only if, for example, new evidence came to light.
The SCCRC was yesterday unavailable for comment.