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Sunday 26 February 2017

Lillis signs on for final time hours before learning fate

Edel Kennedy

WIFE killer Eamonn Lillis will learn his fate today, just hours after he signed on at Howth garda station for the last time.

Head held high, he strode defiantly past photographers yesterday to put pen to paper in the station.

Perhaps it was because he was used to the daily routine, or perhaps it was because he just wanted to get it over and done with on his last day of freedom, but the 52-year-old spent less than one minute in the station, signing his name, as required by court order.

The father of one strode into the station at 10.08am. He had spent less than 60 seconds inside before striding back out and walking the gauntlet of photographers.

Turning his head away slightly, he walked quickly up the hill and got into his '07 Mercedes -- the same one he used for illicit trysts with former mistress Jean Treacy -- and sped away.

He signed on again last night for the final time.

Six days ago, Lillis was found guilty by a 10-2 majority verdict of the manslaughter of his wife Celine Cawley.

The killer is due before Mr Justice Barry White this morning for a sentence hearing.

He will either be handed down his sentence or will be remanded in custody for sentencing at a later date.

The TV advertising director had pleaded not guilty to the murder of his wife at their home on December 15, 2008.

However, he was found guilty of manslaughter after 13 days of evidence and nine-and-a-half hours of deliberations by the jury.

Irish Independent

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