News Articles

These are news articles from various sources, mainly from The Times newspaper. They are in chronological order.

 

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"Murderer denied the chance to clear name'"

July 27th 2016  |  The Times By Dominic Kennedy, Investigations Editor

"The convicted murderer Eddie Gilfoyle, whose fight to clear his name has won support from senior parliamentarians and police, has been denied an appeal.

The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), which investigates potential miscarriages of justice, spent five years examining thousands of pages of evidence but has decided that there was no realistic chance of him being acquitted..." 
 

July 16th 2016 CCRC Decision:

Statement by Birnberg Peirce & Partners Solicitors July 16th 2016 on behalf of Eddie Gilfoyle.

The official statement released on behalf of Eddie Gilfoyle in response to the CCRC decision.

 Liverpool Echo, 2nd July 2016 by Luke Traynor 

"A former Merseyside MP and current Lord is urging the Home Secretary to intervene in the Eddie Gilfoyle wife murder case,

Lord David Hunt has written to Theresa May in the last fortnight, urging her to launch an enquiry into the case of Gilfoyle, jailed for 18 years in 1992 for killing his wife Paula, found hanged in their garage in Upton, Wirral..."

30th June 2016.

"The police knew I didn't kill my wife..." - Eddie Gilfoyle. - Extract from BBC Radio 5 Live in Short (article & short clip).  Alternatively, hear the full 18 minute 43 second interview with Peter Allen and guests; Eddie Gilfoyle, Sue Caddick, Dominic Kennedy and Alison Halford, originally aired 29th June 2016 on the Media > Videos page.

 Liverpool Echo, 2nd July 2016 by Luke Traynor 

"A FORMER top Merseyside Police officer today called for the force to be “held to account” over the controversial conviction of a husband jailed for murdering his wife. Eddie Gilfoyle was jailed for 18 years in 1992 for killing partner Paula in their garage in Upton..."

Tory grandees fight Gilfoyle ‘cover up’

The Times newspaper, 24th June 2016 by Dominic Kennedy.

The home secretary is being urged by former Conservative ministers to end
what they say is a cover-up by police over the convicted murderer Eddie
Gilfoyle...

Gilfoyle family demand apology over investigation failings

The Times newspaper, 11th June 2016 by Dominic Kennedy

"The family of Eddie Gilfoyle is demanding an apology from Merseyside police for covering up errors in an investigation that led to the Falklands veteran being sentenced to life for murder..."

Analysis: how system closed ranks to uphold 20-year injustice

The Times newspaper, 10th June 2016 by Dominic Kennedy

"Has a more tangled web ever been weaved by British police than that around the case of Eddie Gilfoyle? His family, former police officers, journalists, academics, campaigners and lawyers have all raised questions..."

Honest copper who was thwarted at every turn

The Times Newspaper, 10th June 2016 by Dominic Kennedy

"Much has happened to Graham Gooch since he was sent to look into concerns about shortcomings in the investigation that led Eddie Gilfoyle to be convicted of the murder of his wife..."

Police cover-up exposed 23 years after husband's murder trial

The Times newspaper, 10th June 2016 by Dominic Kennedy.

"A police force covered up evidence of flaws in its investigation into a convicted wife-murderer who has spent almost a quarter of a century fighting to clear his name. Newly uncovered documents about Eddie Gilfoyle, who was given a life sentence in 1993 for killing his pregnant wife Paula, show how Merseyside police officers deliberately withheld an internal report from his defence team..."

"The waiting must end for Eddie Gilfoyle"

The Times Newspaper, January 18th 2014 By Daniel Finkelstein

"I do hope that I am not being impatient, and I’m sure they will let me know if I am being a nuisance bothering them like this, but I wonder when the Criminal Cases Review Commission might get round to ruling on the case of Eddie Gilfoyle..."

The Times Newspaper, November 24th 2012

"There are many reasons why a policy, conceived with good intentions, might fall. It could prove to be too complex to administer. The cure might turn out to be, unexpectedly, as bad as the disease. Or its rationale could crumble in the light of events. This week, this last fate befell the Government’s Justice and Security Bill. The Bill, which has already been mangled by defeats in the Lords, contains provisions to expand what, in the jargon, are known as “closed material proceedings”, known to the uninitiated as secret courts..."

The Times Newspaper, July 19th 2012

"New documents show police made serious errors at the scene.

 

Time and again evidence has emerged to question the safety of Eddie Gilfoyle’s conviction, in 1993, for murdering his wife. More than once, The Times has requested the release of documents, the existence of which was wrongly denied by Merseyside Police..."

The Law Gazette, April 13th 2012

By Eduardo Reyes

"For lawyers there are few more emotive matters than a miscarriage of justice. Small wonder then that the angst around the failures of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) is much more than existential..."

The Times Newspaper, January 6th 2012

By Dominic Kennedy, Investigations Editor

"A secret diary that could have cleared a convicted murderer was held by the police for at least 16 years while he remained in jail, protesting his innocence.

 

Eddie Gilfoyle was jailed for life in 1993 for murdering his pregnant wife, Paula, by hanging her and making it look like suicide. But The Times has learnt that a locked box containing her diary and personal papers revealed a previous suicide attempt and a traumatic past..."

The Times Newspaper, January 20th 2011

By Dominic Kennedy, Investigations Editor

"Eddie Gilfoyle today proclaims his innocence of murdering his wife after

winning his fight against a gagging order imposed as the price of his release from prison..."

The Times Newspaper, December 24th 2010

By Dominic Kennedy & Richard Ford

"The family of Paula Gilfoyle publicly condemned yesterday her husband’s

release from prison and said they were convinced that he had murdered her..."

The Times Newspaper, December 23rd 2010

"On March 9, 1950, Timothy Evans was hanged, having been convicted of the murder of his daughter, and accused of having killed his wife as well.

 

He told the court that the murders had been committed by the chief prosecution witness, John Christie, but his story was not believed..."

The Times Newspaper, December 23rd 2010

By Dominic Kennedy, Investigations Editor

"Eddie Gilfoyle’s loyal supporters have played a crucial role in highlighting

the gaps in his case, which have led senior figures to believe that he was

wrongly convicted of murder..."

The Times Newspaper, December 23rd 2010

By Dominic Kennedy, Investigations Editor

"“I’ve told them year after year I’m not admitting to something I haven’t

done. I don’t give a s*** what you do to me. I would sooner die in jail.”

 

With those words, in a telephone conversation with The Times from his prison, Eddie Gilfoyle pledged he would never admit to killing his wife, Paula, and their unborn child, whatever the consequences. That interview may be his final message to the world, as he has now been formally silenced..."

The Times Newspaper, December 23rd 2010

By Dominic Kennedy, Investigations Editor

"Eddie Gilfoyle, who was convicted of murdering his wife, was released from

prison yesterday after 18 years behind bars — on condition that he stops telling the world he is innocent..."

The Times Newspaper, September 8th 2010

Daniel Finkelstein

"Like Alfred Dreyfus before him, Eddie Gilfoyle is in prison for a crime he did not commit. He should go free now.

 

On June 9, 1899, Alfred Dreyfus boarded the cruiser Sfax and began the

long journey home to France from captivity in Devil’s Island..."

The Times Newspaper, August 12th 2010

By Dominic Kennedy, Investigations Editor

"Eddie Gilfoyle, convincted of murdering her pregnant wife by hanging, is using fresh evidence from experts and The Times to demand a new appeal hearing..."

The Times Newspaper, June 12th 2010

By Dominic Kennedy, Investigations Editor

"Dominic Grieve, the Attorney-General, has apologised after Parliament was given wrong information about a prisoner who has spent 18 years denying that he murdered his wife and faked her suicide.

 

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has also given an apology to Vera Baird, the former Solicitor-General, for drafting a deficient answer when she told MPs about Eddie Gilfoyle..."

"It could be a run of the mill family get-together: a devoted sister and her husband calling in on her brother to update him on the recent graduation of their children. They sit in comfortable chairs around a small table and, over coffee, proudly show him pictures of the event..."

The Times Newspaper, May 18th 2009

Dr Mark Porter

"The Times ’s investigation into the Eddie Gilfoyle case — he was convicted of murdering his pregnant wife in 1993 — has helped to highlight a medical condition that rarely gets the attention it deserves. While we are all familiar with postnatal depression and the risk to mother and baby, few people know that antenatal depression can be just as serious and is just as common. Indeed, more pregnant women and new mothers commit suicide than die from better-recognised complications of pregnancy, such as infection, high blood pressure and haemorrhage, combined..."

The Times Newspaper, May 13th 2009

By Dominic Kennedy, Investigations Editor

"Crucial new evidence has emerged that casts doubt on the conviction of a man serving a life sentence for the murder of his pregnant wife.

 

Eddie Gilfoyle has spent 17 years behind bars protesting his innocence of tricking his wife Paula into writing a suicide note then hanging her in the garage of their home..."

The Times Newspaper, February 28th 2009

By Dominic Kennedy, Investigations Editor

"The Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed the authenticity of police notes discovered by The Times which a force had said never existed. They show that a doctor calculated that Paula Gilfoyle died at home at a time when her husband Eddie was at work. Gilfoyle has served 17 years in jail for murdering her..."

The Times Newspaper, February 26th 2009

By Dominic Kennedy, Investigations Editor

"Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, has been urged to call in the police watchdog after the discovery of notes showing that a man may have been wrongly convicted of murdering his pregnant wife..."

The Times Newspaper, February 25th 2009

"It is welcome news that the police have asked the Crown Prosecution Service to reconsider the case of Eddie Gilfoyle, after The Times's discovery of notes that cast doubt on his conviction. Mr Gilfoyle has spent 17 years in prison for the murder of his pregnant wife..."

"Eddie Gilfoyle's delight as police reconsider murder case"

The Times Newspaper, February 23rd 2009

By Dominic Kennedy, Investigations Editor

"A man convicted of murder has told relatives that he believes the authorities may at last be ready to accept that he has an alibi for the time when his wife died by hanging..."

The Times Newspaper, February 21st 2009

By Dominic Kennedy, Investigations Editor

"

Eddie Gilfoyle says he would rather die in jail than make a false confession to

murdering his wife and their unborn baby.

 

“I've told them year after year I'm not admitting to something I haven't done. I don't give a s*** what you do to me. I would sooner die in jail,” Gilfoyle told The Times in an exclusive interview this week..."

The Times Newspaper, February 21st 2009

By Dominic Kennedy, Investigations Editor

"One of the world's leading suicide experts has said that a farewell note written by Paula Gilfoyle before she was found dead appears to be genuine, undermining one of the key elements of the case against Eddie Gilfoyle..."

The Times Newspaper, February 21st 2009

By Dominic Kennedy, Investigations Editor

"Merseyside Police offered an extraordinary list of excuses in refusing to provide documents relating to the

Eddie Gilfoyle case.

 

The force refused one request by The Times for a list of documents in the case, saying that it might break health and safety laws to hand it over. It has declined to provide a single internal record to the newspaper in spite of requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FoI) filed nearly a year ago..."

The Times Newspaper, February 21st 2009

By Dominic Kennedy, Investigations Editor

"Paula Gilfoyle's mother never recovered from her daughter's death by hanging and died of a broken heart, according to her family. They are convinced that Eddie Gilfoyle is to blame..."

The Times Newspaper, Feburary 21st 2009

By Dominic Kennedy, Investigations Editor

"The police yesterday launched a review into the conviction of Eddie Gilfoyle for the murder of his pregnant wife following the publication by The Times of new evidence that could help to clear him after 17 years in prison..."

The Times Newspaper, February 20th 2009

By Dominic Kennedy, Investigations Editor

"Contained in a pile of neat handwritten notes is evidence of a devastating series of mistakes police made after they found Paula Gilfoyle hanged from a beam in her garage..."

The Times Newspaper, February 20th 2009

By Dominic Kennedy, Investigations Editor

"They endured an unhappy marriage but did Paula Gilfoyle decide to put an end to her own torment or did her husband concoct a fiendish plot to kill her and their unborn baby?..."

The Times Newspaper, February 20th 2009

By Dominic Kennedy, Investigations Editor

"The innocuous-looking bundle of documents arrived on my desk at The Times a few months ago. Inside could be the key to a 15-year-old mystery..."

The Times Newspaper, February 20th 2009

By Dominic Kennedy, Investigations Editor

"The police force that investigated Eddie Gilfoyle for murder has accepted for the first time that police did take notes of interviews with officers who attended the scene of his wife’s hanging..."

The Times Newspaper, February 20th 2009

By Dominic Kennedy, Investigations Editor

"Merseyside Police today called in the Crown Prosecution Service after The Times published notes which cast doubt on the conviction of Eddie Gilfoyle, who was jailed for life for murdering his heavily pregnant wife, Paula, in 1993..."

The Times Newspaper, February 20th 2009

 

"The tragic death of Paula Gilfoyle and the conviction of her husband Eddie for her murder bring together two of the enduring mysteries of the human mind. The unknowable horror of suicide is united with the bizarre compulsion of mankind to stick by a story no matter how strong the challenge to that story may be. And between them, these two mysteries have turned a tragedy into a scandal..."

The Times Newspaper, February 20th 2009

By Dominic Kennedy, Investigations Editor

"Sixteen years after a man was sentenced to life in prison for murdering his heavily pregnant wife by hanging, The Times has uncovered evidence that throws his conviction into doubt..."

The Times Newspaper, 29th February 2008

Alison Halford referencing Professor David Canter.

"Professor Canter has done the cause of justice a great service.

 

Sir, Professor Canter's belated but welcome decision to admit that the suicide note was in all probability a document written by Eddie Gilfoyle's wife was courageous but the only proper thing to do ("Hope for prisoner as expert recants on wife's suicide letter", Feb 25)...."

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