Sunday 4 December 2016

Vital gap in the case for murder

Having listened to the evidence, Jody Corcoran says one question arises: why was a murder charge brought?

Published 31/01/2010 | 05:00

ON the opening day of the trial, the prosecution told the jury it would prove that Eamonn Lillis had murdered his wife Celine Cawley. Moreover, it offered a narrative, or what was called a sequence of events.

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The critical sequence offered was that Lillis had first struck Ms Cawley on the side of the head with a patio brick, thereby knocking her to the patio, and that he then proceeded to deliver two further blows with the brick to the back of her head.

This account was based on a report by the expert witness, Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis, who examined Ms Cawley shortly after her death.

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