Media & Communications Law

In UK First, TV Camera Will Be Allowed to Film Sentencing in Criminal Case


In what is being billed as the first time a television camera has ever been permitted to film a criminal sentencing in the United Kingdom, broadcaster STV will be allowed to do so in the case of a Scottish murderer expected to be jailed for life for killing his 38-year-old former mistress.

David Gilroy, 49, is scheduled to be sentenced April 18 at the High Court in Edinburgh, the Telegraph reports.

Filming will begin after Gilroy’s lawyer has completed his argument seeking mitigation and will focus exclusively on the judge, not the defendant or the family of the victim, bookkeeper Suzanne Pilley. The government said Gilroy killed her shortly after she began seeing another man and then buried her body in a remote location. The grave has never been found.

“This development will allow viewers a rare insight into the closing stages of what has been a very controversial murder case,” said an STV spokesman, referring to the permission to film granted by the Lord President and Lord Justice General of the court.

Related coverage:

BBC News: “Suzanne Pilley murder trial: David Gilroy found guilty”

Guardian: “Suzanne Pilley murder: David Gilroy found guilty of killing former girlfriend”

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