Monday 24 July 2017

The price of a life

IN deciding how long Eamonn Lillis should spend in jail for killing his wife, Mr Justice Barry White looked carefully at previous manslaughter cases and the sentences handed down. He also asked himself if any action by Lillis might warrant mitigation.

On the face of it, Lillis's despicable behaviour -- including the naming of an innocent party as a suspect -- would seem to far outweigh any mitigating factor. Mr Justice White described Lillis's calling an ambulance as his only "decent" act. It could equally be surmised that his story that an intruder had battered his wife could never have stood up had Lillis not called that ambulance.

The lies and the effect they had on the victim's family seemed to make 10 years an appropriate sentence, said Mr Justice White, but he finally settled on six years and 11 months.

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