Thursday 27 July 2017

The key evidence heard in a case

Edel Kennedy

IT'S the trial that has gripped the attention of the nation over the past two weeks.

As the jury continues its deliberations, the Irish Independent recounts the dramatic daily evidence.

Court hears Kevin Moran of Tara Street fire station took the 999 call.

Eamonn Lillis told him he and his wife had been attacked by an intruder.

Detective Sergeant Enda Mulryan reads two handwritten statements he took from Mr Lillis in which he described an intruder.

Detective Inspector Angela Willis, who was in charge of the investigation, tells how she asked Mr Lillis for his consent to have the house forensically and technically examined.

He replied: "Whatever it takes. I just want him caught."

Court hears that Det Gda Paul Donoghue interviewed Mr Lillis after he was arrested, during which he admitted to having an affair. Det Gda Donoghue told Mr Lillis it was clear he "flipped" that morning.

Detective Sergeant Fionnula Olohan said she later showed Mr Lillis CCTV footage of himself buying a newspaper that morning.

Garda Colm MacDonnachadha shows the jury the heavily bloodstained blue jeans, white socks, black jumper, boxer shorts, outdoor gloves, rubber gloves, tea towel and kitchen towels.

Ballistics expert Detective Garda Alan Curry shows the bloodstained cobblestone he took from the patio and bloodstained clothes he took from the wardrobe.

Det Gda Colin Fitzpatrick shows the jury a red brick he found wrapped in a tea towel on a shelving unit in the couple's dining room. There was no blood on either.

The jury is given a video tour of the couple's home.

Det Sgt Olohan says Mr Lillis was definite that despite scratches on his face, the attacker was wearing gloves

The court hears of the handwritten note that had been found on Mr Lillis's bedside locker in which he wrote: "She will never share your bed."

Detective Garda Paul Donoghue tells how he asked Mr Lillis in questioning if he murdered his wife. Mr Lillis replied: "No."

Det Gda Patrick Connell tells the court that Mr Lillis and his mistress exchanged 200 texts and 90 calls in the fortnight before his wife's death.

Jury hears evidence of Mr Lillis's movements before and after his wife's death.

Forensic scientist Dr Hilary Clarke gives evidence about the bloodstains on Mr Lillis's clothes.

Dr Linda Williams confirms the blood on all of the clothes was Celine Cawley's.

Neighbour Pauline Frasier tells how a high-pitched scream woke her up at 9.30am that Monday.

Friend Paula Lynskey says she met Mr Lillis driving home after dropping his daughter to school at around 8.30 that morning.

Ms Cawley's brother, Chris Cawley, says a newspaper story about the brick was described by Mr Lillis as a "ridiculous non-story".

Mr Cawley's sister-in-law, Siobhan O'Farrell, says she was shocked by the injuries to Mr Lillis's face.

Emma O'Byrne, commercials producer for Toytown Films, says that when Mr Lillis rang her in the office that morning, he sounded "quite distressed".

A woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, spoke to Mr Lillis when he dropped his daughter off at school.

Both his demeanour and appearance were "normal" and he had no scratches on his face, the court hears.

Lover Jean Treacy says Mr Lillis initially told her they disturbed an intruder. He later said he fought with his wife after she berated him for not taking out the rubbish.

Deputy state pathologist Dr Michael Curtis tells the court Ms Cawley could have been saved if she had received prompt medical attention.

The couple's daughter says she forgives her father for the fight, but not for lying about it.

She agreed that her father told her that he and Ms Cawley fought on the deck, and her mother slipped and hit her head on a brick.

Mr Lillis says he was a major participant in the fight that led to his wife's fatal injuries. He says they agreed to tell their daughter they disturbed a burglar.

Mr Lillis tells the court he never envisaged a future with his mistress.

Justice Barry White tells the jury they have six possible options for coming to a decision about the charge put to Mr Lillis.

Irish Independent

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