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Uncle who pursued Gilham dies

Uncle who pursued Gilham dies

Mon July 16, 2012 1:01pm

Jeffrey Gilham has expressed his condolences to the family and friends of his uncle, Tony, who died today.

Jeffrey Gilham, who was acquitted last month of murdering his parents almost 20 years ago, has expressed his condolences to the family and friends of his uncle, Tony, who died today.

"I learnt today of the death of Tony. I extend my condolences to his friends and family.

"It is unfortunate that Tony could not accept the fact of my innocence."

Tony Gilham died following what is believed to have been a heart attack at a home in Panania, in Sydney's south-west, this morning. His life-long companion Jenny Robb was at his side.

"We are still waiting on the coroner's report but we think more than likely it had something to do with his heart," her son Brendan Robb told AAP.

"He was all burnt out from the fight."

Mr Gilham, who was from Queensland, had been staying with the family to work on a High Court appeal against the quashing of the convictions of Jeffrey last month.

Jeffrey, 42, was jailed for life in March 2009 after being convicted of murdering his parents, Helen, 55, and Steven, 58, at the family home in Woronora, in Sydney's south in 1993. His elder brother, Christopher, 25, was stabbed to death in the same incident.

In 1995, Jeffrey pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of his brother, claiming provocation. He was given a five-year good-behaviour bond.

The civil engineer has always maintained Christopher killed their parents, which he said provoked him into fatally stabbing his sibling.

Tony had always believed Jeffrey was responsible for the murder of all three - and was angered by the claims that Christopher would have killed anyone.

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