David Gilroy grew up in West Pilton, Edinburgh. Upon leaving school, David became an apprentice bioengineer and went on to serve as an engineer in the Royal Navy for over 11 years. He married his wife, Andrea, in 1992 and the couple have two children.
In early 2009 David began working at IML where he became Regional Operations Manager. It was here that he met fellow colleague Suzanne Pilley. Initially, David and Suzanne stuck up a friendship, where he occasionally helped her with practical work outside of the office. However, in the spring of 2009 the pair began an affair. David had made efforts to end the relationship – and had returned to the family home at Christmas 2009. He still saw Suzanne who found it difficult to accept the end of the relationship even while trying to make new ones herself.
David somewhat reluctantly saw Suzanne over the early May 2010 Bank Holiday weekend. On Monday 3rd May 2010 David left Suzanne in a way that he thought drew a final line on their friendship as far as they were both concerned. She attempted further contact with him by text and phone following his departure. He continued to make it clear that was it, switching off his phone. He went home. Andrea and David agreed to continue with their attempts to try and find a way forward together. The next day Suzanne went missing.
There can be no closure for our family - or indeed the Pilley family - until someone finds out what did happen to Suzannne on 4th May 2010. We believe that what we set out here begins to show why that will only happen when David’s conviction is set aside and a fresh approach is taken to the investigation. We hope that the current SCCRC review which will report later this year can lead to that."
It has now been five years since David was charged with Suzanne’s murder. To this day, the only account available in the public domain of the events that unfolded on the 3rd and 5th of May is full of inaccuracies, which were not addressed at the trial. We believe that the time has come to set out a few of the many reasons which underpin why we have stood by David throughout the period of his appeals and application to the SCCRC.
Clearly there is still a lot more to be said, some of which has been fully documented in David’s application to the SCCRC. However, for the time being, what appears on this website and in the discussion we have had with Brian Donnelly of the Herald, will be the limit of what we have to say.