Saturday 25 February 2017

Gardai warned killer he was in breach of bail

Tom Brady Security Editor

CONVICTED wife killer Eamonn Lillis was warned to stay away from his former mistress Jean Treacy in the months after Celine Cawley's death.

Gardai were notified by Ms Treacy after she spotted him in his car near her home in north Co Dublin and at her workplace on a number of occasions.

Although the 32-year-old beauty therapist said in court that she did not believe Lillis would "hurt a fly", she was worried about his apparent infatuation with her.

Lillis ended his mistress-watch after he was informed that it could be interpreted as a breach of his bail conditions.

Ms Treacy was a key witness for the prosecution in the trial and her appearance in court last month sparked huge media interest.

The court heard that she had been the killer's masseuse for two years before a relationship developed.

The pair were first introduced by his wife, who was also a client of Ms Treacy.

She ended the eight-week affair the day after Ms Cawley was killed outside her Howth home on December 15, 2008.

Ms Treacy said she had agreed to meet Lillis for "closure" and they met three times after Ms Cawley's death.

On St Patrick's Day last year, Lillis had described the fight he had with his wife on the day she died.

Last May she severed all contact with her former lover after he had sent her a three-page letter and a Tiffany diamond pendant necklace.

The package was wrapped in paper with the words of pop star Beyonce's hit song 'Halo' on it. She took the package directly to the gardai.

Officers later decided to provide discreet protection for Ms Treacy from the media during her appearance at the trial until she had concluded her evidence to the court.

They opted to take her into the new Criminal Courts of Justice complex under garda escort and through an underground entrance.

The move ensured that Ms Treacy could not be photographed as she entered or left the courts complex and resulted in complaints from the media.

In court, before and after Ms Treacy had given evidence, gardai gathered around the therapist to shield her from the view of the public and media attending the trial.

The incident was raised at a meeting between the Courts Service and the National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI) to discuss ongoing issues in relation to media access at the new €149m building.

However, the Courts Service made it clear it had no role to play in the transportation of witnesses into or out of the courthouse.

Last week, Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy pledged to make a public comment on the stance adopted by his officers but said it would not be appropriate until after the trial had concluded.

He also said he would hold talks with a delegation from the NNI, which had requested a meeting.

Irish Independent

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