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Police concealed evidence that could have cleared Eddie Gilfoyle

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2285

Merseyside police have been concealing evidence that could expose a significant miscarriage of justice. Eddie Gilfoyle was jailed for life in 1993 but has maintained his innocence.

Police accused Eddie of killing his wife Paula and making it look like suicide. But they held on to a black box containing Paula’s diaries and personal letters.

These reveal that she had attempted suicide before and planned to kill herself. This evidence was concealed from the defence, which has mounted two unsuccessful appeals to clear Eddie’s name.

The jury in Eddie’s trial was told that Paula was a happy, bubbly woman. This is clearly contradicted by the withheld evidence.

Eddie Gilfoyle was given parole on 23 December 2010 after serving 18 years of a life sentence. His lawyers want his conviction overturned.

Eddie said, “I am completely devastated that the police had these diaries and failed to hand them over to my defence. They should have been disclosed prior to my two appeals but they were kept hidden. I do hope now there will be a swift referral of my case to the Court of Appeal.”

His solicitor Matt Foot added, “I was stunned when Merseyside police suddenly provided to me these diaries from a locked black metal box in August 2010 at Bebbington police station.

“Mr Gilfoyle has protested his innocence for 19 years. Meanwhile the police have held onto a locked box containing material that directly contradicts their case. How has this happened?”

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Tue 10 Jan 2012, 19:50 GMT
Issue No. 2285
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