Wednesday 18 October 2017

Tiffany necklace and song lyrics for former lover

Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

EAMONN Lillis sent his former lover a Tiffany diamond pendant necklace five months after his wife's death.

Jean Treacy told the court that on May 26 last she had arrived into work and was presented with an envelope by her employer.

Inside was a two-page letter -- the second she had received from Mr Lillis.

With the letter was a package tied with a white ribbon, wrapped in a sheet printed with the lyrics of the song 'Halo' by pop superstar Beyonce (pictured).

She opened it to find a Tiffany pendant with diamonds which she said she took "straight to the guards".

Under cross-questioning by Brendan Grehan for the defence, Ms Treacy admitted she had initiated contact with Mr Lillis in mid-February -- two months after his wife's death -- because she was drunk one night.

"I had a good few drinks on me," she said.

She explained to the court she needed to get "closure".

She said she could not understand how she had been such a bad judge of character.

"Did I miss something, had anyone else seen it?" she said. "I was trying to get a sense of him. I was just needing to get closure.

"I wanted to get a sense but didn't want to ask him straight out what had happened."

The last time she met him had been some time between the middle of February and the end of March.

Asked by Mr Grehan why she hadn't made a statement to gardai until May 30, Ms Treacy said she thought that through lack of contact Mr Lillis would get the idea that she didn't want to have anything to do with him.

It was only when it became "problematic" that she went to the gardai, she explained.

Irish Independent

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