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Sentencing of David Gilroy will be first to be filmed

David Gilroy
Image caption A camera will be allowed to film as judge Lord Bracadale sentences David Gilroy

Permission has been granted to film a sentencing at the High Court in Scotland for the first time.

Cameras will be allowed into court next week when judge Lord Bracadale sentences David Gilroy for the murder of Edinburgh woman Suzanne Pilley.

It follows an application from broadcaster STV.

The move was approved by Scotland's most senior judge, Lord Hamilton, the Lord President and Lord Justice General.

The camera will focus on the judge - no-one else will feature in the footage except the macer and the clerk. Mr Gilroy will not be filmed.

Filming will commence at the High Court in Edinburgh when the plea in mitigation has concluded.

The sentencing is due to take place next Wednesday, 18 April.

Gilroy was found guilty by a jury last month of murdering 38-year-old bookkeeper Ms Pilley.

She disappeared in May 2010 but her body has never been found.

Prosecutors believed that Gilroy, 49, buried his former lover in a "lonely grave" in a remote part of Argyll.

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