Wednesday 7 December 2016

Portrayal of a bossy wife made Celine victim again

Published 30/01/2010 | 05:00

I was absorbed by the Lillis trial. Not because it was glitzy, brushing against the worlds of film and modelling, nor because of its porthole into domestic violence among the middle classes. No, what gripped me was the insidious portrayal of the victim by her husband.

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Eamonn Lillis was on trial for murdering his wife, but Celine Cawley was also on trial in the Central Criminal Court. And she was unable to speak out in her own defence. That left her a victim twice over.

Lillis subtly presented himself as the worm that turned -- a mild-mannered man with an overbearing wife who was pushed too far.

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