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Conviction of Wirral killer Eddie Gilfoyle called into question
EDDIE GILFOYLE was found guilty of the murder of his pregnant wife, Paula, in 1993.
A year earlier, she was found hanging in the garage of their Upton home with an alleged suicide note.
But detectives believed Gilfoyle fooled his wife, 32, into writing a suicide note and forced her to climb a ladder with a noose around her neck.
In recent years, though, Merseyside Police interview notes appeared to show a catalogue of errors made by officers at the scene.
They suggested, potentially crucially, Gilfoyle was at work when his wife died.
It was claimed notes of interviews not seen by the jury stated the doctor who declared Mrs Gilfoyle dead told police she had died six hours earlier – when her hospital porter husband was at work.
Two years ago, criminal profiler David Canter put forward a new argument indicating his new belief Mrs Gilfoyle’s “suicide note” was genuine.
The prosecution was supported by the then-argument that pregnant women hardly ever killed themselves, a theory called into question years later.
A man who has always maintained he was wrongly convicted of murdering his pregnant wife has been released from prison on parole.
Eddie Gilfoyle, 49, was found guilty of killing his wife Paula, who was found hanged in the garage of the couple's home in Upton, Wirral in 1992.
Prosecutors claimed he had fooled the 32-year-old into writing a suicide note before tying a noose around her neck.
The Parole Board said Gilfoyle was not allowed to speak to the media.
He was released from Sudbury Prison in Derbyshire on Wednesday with conditions attached to his licence.
Campaigners said both Gilfoyle and those around him had been banned from speaking out.
Paul Caddick, Gilfoyle's brother-in-law, said: "We are not able to provide a response because the Parole Board has imposed a condition on Eddie's life licence that prohibits him contacting the media, either directly or indirectly, whether this is regarding his release or his appeal."
Mrs Gilfoyle's family told the BBC they were "gobsmacked" by the decision to release him.
The Ministry of Justice said it did not comment on individual cases.
'Miscarriage of justice'
Gilfoyle, who has had two appeals against his conviction rejected, has always denied murder, insisting his wife took her own life.
During the trial in 1992, an expert testified that it was highly unlikely a heavily pregnant woman would hang herself.
The prosecution said Gilfoyle, a Falklands veteran, had persuaded his wife to climb a ladder in their garage with a noose around her neck.
The rope later went missing and was never tested for DNA.
Prisoners do not have to admit their guilt when they appear before a parole board to have a chance of release, the spokesman said.
"A prisoner can still be released and still not admit the charge," he explained.
"We always assume guilt after a conviction and instead assess whether they are safe to be let into the community and whether they pose a risk."