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Sunday, November 22, 1998 Published at 08:50 GMT


Campaigners back 'innocent' prisoner

Gilfoyle's supporters say his wife killed herself

Civil rights campaigners are holding a public meeting in support of Eddie Gilfoyle, who was convicted in 1993 of murdering his wife.

Ralph Blunsom reports on Eddie Gilfoyle's conviction
Paula Gilfoyle - who was heavily pregnant - was found hanging in the garage of their home.

Gilfoyle's relatives have always protested his innocence and say his wife committed suicide.

The public meeting is being chaired by actor and civil rights campaigner Corin Redgrave and among those making speeches are Paddy Hill of the Birmingham Six, Anne Whelan for the Bridgewater Four and Liberty director John Wadham.

Wife tricked into writing note

[ image: Eddie Gilfoyle: Protests his innocence]
Eddie Gilfoyle: Protests his innocence
At the trial the jury heard Gilfoyle had tricked his wife into writing a note saying she was taking her own life.

The court was told Gilfoyle had claimed it would help his studies into psychology and his research into suicide.

The jury believed the prosecution, who said he put a noose around her neck and pushed her off a chair.

But Gilfoyle, a hospital porter, maintained he found his wife's body on his return from work.

His conviction was upheld by the Appeal Court in 1995.


Gilfoyle's supporters also complained to the Police Complaints Authority about the actions of two detectives involved in the case but the Merseyside force later cleared them of any wrong-doing.

Gilfoyle's sister, Susan Caddick, is calling on Home Secretary Jack Straw to alter the way complaints are handled by the PCA.

She said: "It's for Jack Straw to find out and investigate properly why this happened, why this case ended up before a trial, because the evidence is overwhelming that Paula Gilfoyle committed suicide."

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