Suzanne Pilley murder trial under way in Edinburgh

The trial of  49 year old David Gilroy began at the High Court in Edinburgh yesterday.

Gilroy is charged with murdering Suzanne Pilley on 4th May 2010 and of trying to conceal the murder.

The premises of the firm they both worked for – Infrastructure Management – are alleged by the prosecution to be the place of initial concealment of Ms Pilley’s body.

After this he is alleged to have transported her body to various location in Scotland in the boot of a car. This is where Argyll enters the picture.

Infrastructure Management have have a maintenance contract for Lochgilphead High Schools, a contract overseen by Gilroy.

He visited the school, without either appointment or operational need, on 5th May 2010, the day when he is alleged to have been seeking to dispose of Ms Pilley’s body. At the school he asked for bin bags, which he was given.

Several areas in Mid and North Argyll – around rest and Be Thankful, Glen Croe and Glen Orchy – were subject to police interest during the search for Ms PIlley’s body – which has never been fond.

Mr Gilroy and Ms Pilley had been and, the prosecution alleges, remained in a relationship.

Mr Gilroy denies the charges against him.

He is also charged with assaulting his wife, Andrea on several occasions between 1st January 2009 and 18th May 2010;  with threatening two unnamed children; and with assaulting a man named Scott Stewardson in Edinburgh on 9th November 2009.

The opening day of the trial yesterday heard from Ms Pilley’s mother, Sylvia. Proceedings are continuing today with Mrs Pilley back in the witness box, telling the court that her daughter had met another man through an online dating agency shortly before she disappeared in May 2010. She has also said that her daughter changed the locks on her flat just before Christmas 2009.

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