Victim-support group hits out at 'lenient' term
Published 06/02/2010 | 05:00
A SUPPORT group for the families of homicide victims last night hit out at the "lenient" sentence given to Eamonn Lillis.
Advocates for Victims of Homicide also called for manslaughter verdicts to be abolished in cases involving violent death and replaced by only murder, which would be graded by degrees.
Co-founder Joan Deane said yesterday the group was "not happy at all" with the sentence of less than seven years given to the wife killer. He is likely to be free by early 2015. She said the only good thing to come out of the case was that it highlighted once again the lenient sentences handed down to killers.
"This was a very high-profile case and it has raised awareness amongst the public of the awfully short sentences being handed down," she said.
Referring directly to the Lillis case, she said judges had to stop "pussy-footing around" and hand down tougher sentences to those who took the life of another. "There ought to be consistency," she said. "And guidelines need to be issued to judges to help them come to a decision on sentencing in each case."