Tag Archives: Edinburgh High Court

Prosecution evidence finishes in Suzanne Pilley murder trial

Edinburgh High Court

The murder trial of Suzanne Pilley, 38, has finished hearing evidence from the prosecution today.

 David Gilroy, former colleague and lover of Ms Pilley, has been accused of  the murder. Mr Gilroy denies the murder of Ms Pilley, whose body has never been found.

 Legal argument has been taking place at Edinburgh’s High Court, prior to the defence beginning its case.

 The trial continues.

Mother pleads guilty to murdering her three children

Riggi faces sentencing today

by Jen McClure and Anne Mackie

Today at Edinburgh’s High Court, Theresa Riggi admitted to killing her three children.  Theresa, 47, pleaded guilty to culpable homicide with diminished responsibility over the deaths.

Riggi killed eight year-old twins, Austin and Luke, and their five year-old sister, Cecilia, at their family home in Edinburgh last August. Their bodies were discovered together in Riggi’s bed with multiple stab wounds, following a suspected gas explosion at the property. Riggi then jumped from the flat window in an attempt to commit suicide. Originally charged with murder, Theresa Riggi surprised courts as she pleaded guilty. Father of the children, Pasquale Riggi was present at the hearing this morning where he said he was “paralysed with grief.”

Witness statements have been taken and sentencing is expected soon.

Former Edinburgh boxer jailed for supplying class-A drugs

Carlin was sentenced at the High Court yesterday

By James Davies

Former amateur boxer James Carlin, 24, who was busted by undercover cops for involvement in a major cocaine trafficking network in Edinburgh between 2007 and 2009, has been jailed for nine years.

Carlin was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh after he was found guilty for the supply of cocaine between October 2007 and December 2008. Undercover police officers posing as big-time criminals busted Carlin in a police sting called ‘Operation Domino’.

They befriended Carlin and managed to infiltrate his drug ring, where they gathered evidence related to him and others involving the supply of large amounts of cocaine in and around Edinburgh. The operation has already recovered around £140,000 worth of drugs and a further £61,000 worth of drugs were recovered in related searches. As well as this, £15,810 worth of goods and cash was also recovered bringing the total cost of recoveries to £216,810.

Detective Superintendent David Bullen led the operation and said: “James Carlin was a key player in Edinburgh’s drug trade, and the sentence handed down today reflects the serious nature of his crimes, and those of his co-accused who were sentenced earlier.

“This was a challenging and long-term commitment by Lothian and Borders Police to dismantle an organised crime network, and the sentences passed down are a testament to the hard work of all of the officers and prosecutors involved in bringing Carlin and his co-accused to justice.Partnership working is key to our success in tackling serious and organised crime groups, and we will continue to work along the Crown Office and other Law enforcement agencies.”

Lothian and Borders Police urge the public to come forward with any information they may have in connection to drug-related crime.