all credits: Liverpool Echo
published: 6th January 2012
A diary which could have been used as evidence in the trial of a man jailed for murdering his eight and a half months pregnant wife was not made available by Merseyside Police. Eddie Gilfoyle was locked up in 1993 after being convicted of killing wife Paula, who was found hanged in their garage at Upton, Wirral in June 1992.
Mr Gilfoyle has always protested his innocence, despite losing two appeals against his conviction in 1995 and 2000. Evidence that Mrs Gilfoyle, who was 33 when she died, kept a small, black page per day diary came to light today.
The notes in the padlocked book ran throughout her teenage years and showed a woman whose formative years were fraught with trauma and difficulty. It was revealed that at 15 she took an overdose of pills.
She was also engaged to a convicted killer in her teens and bought him a wedding ring while he was serving time behind bars. She also records how two of her former boyfriends threatened to commit suicide, and how she kept a note from one of them stating he intended to end his life.
During Mr Gilfoyle’s 1993 trial at Liverpool Crown Court he was accused of dictating a suicide note which Mrs Gilfoyle penned in her own handwriting and was discovered at the scene.
It was revealed today that in 2010 Merseyside Police presented a box of evidence containing the journal to Mr Gilfoyle’s defence lawyers. It was the first time they had been made aware of it.
Police today refused to comment on where the box had been all that time. A spokesman said: “It would be inappropriate to comment on this case which is currently under review by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.”
Mr Gilfoyle, 59, was released on parole last spring, and on speaking to the media said he had been the victim of a “cover up” by Merseyside Police. In March he said: “I want my life back. “I may be out of prison but I will always be a prisoner while this is hanging over my head.”