In June Eddie’s wife, Paula Gilfoyle, who was eight and a half months pregnant, committed suicide by hanging herself in the garage of their home in Upton. The meeting is part of an odyssey that began 16 years ago and will continue until the prisoner, Eddie Gilfoyle, is cleared of a crime he says he. Law: the expert view Eddie Gilfoyle’s case demands immediate action Justice on trial Eddie Gilfoyle free after maintaining innocence for 18 years in jail.

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The Falklands veteran served 18 years in jail, always protesting his innocence. On the same day, a local woman, Maureen Piper, told police she had spoken to Paula in the local post office at The meeting is part of an odyssey that began 16 years ago and will continue until the prisoner, Eddie Gilfoyleis cleared of a crime he says he did not commit; a crime which his supporters say was never a crime in the first place.

Caddick urges anyone who saw Paula Gilfoyle on the day she died to come forward, even if they have already spoken to the police. Her death was initially treated as suicide but police claimed Gilfoyle tricked her into writing the note and made her climb a ladder with a noose around her neck. Gilfoyle says the worst factor of his wrongful conviction, and the 16 years he has been in prison, is that he has never been allowed to grieve for his wife and unborn child.

Nineteen days after Paula’s death, on 23 June, a forensic scientist, Phillip Rydeard was at the Gilfoyle home with the police.

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Gilfoyle was jailed for life in Gilfoyle’s case has twice been referred back to the court of appeal, but his claim to be a victim of a miscarriage of justice has been rejected. In a twist of fate, the brother-in-law, Paul Caddick, is a former police sergeant who spent a career building up cases against criminals. Ironically, Halford was responsible for eddiie Paul Caddick to sergeant and describes him as a “fine officer who has lost a career because of the Gilfoyle case”.


He has always insisted his wife, who was found hanged in the garage of their home in Upton, Wirral, took her own life.

Click here to see more Tap here to see more Tap here to see more. He had alibis for the rest of the day and the iglfoyle case was that he killed his wife before leaving for work. Accordingly, it appears Piper is mistaken in regard to her recollection.

‘No hope of justice’ for Eddie Gilfoyle

He interviewed PC Cartwright, who conducted a search of the garage four days after the death and reported: She was eight and a half months pregnant. In a later statement, Rydeard said he discussed the possibility of finding other significant evidence, “such as ropes”. Afterwards, the two barristers who acted for Channel 4 wrote to the Criminal Cases Review Commission expressing their concern at the conviction. Please update your billing details here to continue enjoying your subscription.

He recalls looking into the drawer in which the rope was subsequently found and it was not there. Desmond Browne QC and Matthew Nicklin wrote that the failure to allow the jury to consider the evidence of Maureen Piper, in itself, “renders the verdict unsafe”. Start your free trial.

Gilfoyle was arrested and a murder investigation began. Already a subscriber or registered access user?

Whatever the reasons, the officer’s actions prevented an accurate reading of the body temperature being taken, which could have established the time of death, a factor that was later to be crucial. A booklet about the case, produced by the veteran campaigner Paul MayChair of the Eddie Gilfoyle Support Groupis available for you to download here: They sit in comfortable chairs around a small table and, over coffee, proudly show him pictures of the event. A Trial and Error documentary on Gilfoyle’s case was shown on Channel 4 inand the programme-makers were then sued for libel by a police officer.

However, the High Court said yesterday that the decision had been sound. Subscribe now and get unlimited digital access on web and our smartphone and tablet apps, free for your first month. Following Gilfoyle’s conviction, Canter spoke to Paul Caddick and others and looked at other notes between Eddie and Paula – which he hadn’t seen before the trial. She retired soon after and now advises the Conservatives on home affairs.


She says a friend was with her at the time and confirms her conversation with a pregnant woman. Despite her certainty about the sighting, Piper believed Gilfoyle to be guilty at the time of her interview.

He says it would be virtually impossible to hang a conscious person against their will without leaving marks indicating gilfiyle struggle. November 25 Get The International Pack for free for your first 30 days for unlimited Smartphone and Tablet access. Her husband, Eddie Gilfoyle, was arrested four days later on suspicion of her murder, despite police finding a hand-written suicide note that was confirmed by experts to be her own writing.

They took the suicide note to Professor David Canter, a pioneer of criminal profiling in the UK, who considered that it contained characteristics that were consistent with both Eddie and Paula’s writing styles. Last year, the Criminal Cases Review Commission CCRCan independent body which investigates possible miscarriages of justice, declined to refer his case back to the Court of Appeal for a further review.

Subscribe to our Daily newsletter Enter email Subscribe. Although he was freed in DecemberEddie will never be free until his name is cleared and we as the Eddie Gilfoyle Campaign will not stop until justice is served. Piper did not give evidence at Gilfoyle’s trial. Canter believes his opinion influenced the CPS.

The subscription details associated with this account need to be updated. Later that day a piece of rope was discovered tied into a slipping noose in a drawer in the garage. He returned with his parents and Paul Caddick who, finding the keys fddie the garage, made the gruesome discovery.

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