Jeffrey Gilham acquitted of murder
HE ALWAYS maintained his innocence, and on Monday, a Sydney court ruled Jeffrey Gilham was not responsible for the gruesome murder of his parents almost two decades ago.
In a controversial split decision, two of the three judges in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal acquitted the father of three following a high-profile legal battle.
Mr Gilham first made headlines when he was arrested in August, 1993, after charred remains of his mother, father and brother were found in the family home in Sydney's south.
At the time Mr Gilham told police he walked into the home to find his older brother Christopher had stabbed their parents and set their bodies on fire.
He said he grabbed the knife from Christopher's hands and, in a fit of anger, stabbed him to death.
He pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was given a good-behaviour bond.
In the years that followed Mr Gilham married his partner Rebecca and fathered three children but his family was torn apart in 2008 when a relentless campaign led by his uncle resulted in his arrest.
After being found guilty of his parent's murders, Mr Gilham was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Late last year forensic evidence tendered in the NSW Court of Appeals revealed the amount of carbon monoxide found in the blood of all three victims meant Christopher could not be ruled out as the murderer.
Mr Gilham was released on bail until Monday's court hearing.
While Justice Peter McLennan suggested the case should go back to the DPP, his colleagues Justices Elizabeth Fullerton and Peter Garling disagreed and Mr Gilham walked free from the court.