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Sharon Collins, who hired a hitman to kill her former lover and his sons, went shopping in Limerick City yesterday while on temporary release from prison

Sharon Collins, who hired a hitman to kill her former lover and his sons, went shopping in Limerick City yesterday while on temporary release from prison

Sharon Collins

Sharon Collins

Collins’s former partner PJ Howard.

Collins’s former partner PJ Howard.

The would-be hitman, Essam Eid.

The would-be hitman, Essam Eid.

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Sharon Collins, who hired a hitman to kill her former lover and his sons, went shopping in Limerick City yesterday while on temporary release from prison

SHARON Collins was last night hiding out in a city centre apartment following a busy day shopping.

Collins (49) is enjoying her first taste of freedom from prison in almost four years in Limerick city after she attempted to hire a hitman to kill her former partner and his two sons in 2006.

The Irish Independent can today reveal that the Clare woman went on a shopping trip in the afternoon sunshine in Limerick City centre yesterday.

However, it was Dunnes Stores -- and not Brown Thomas -- where Collins opted to prudently shop.

She is on temporary release from Mountjoy women's prison following the notorious 'Lying Eyes' case and has opted to stay initially in Limerick which is just a 30-minute drive from her home town of Ennis.

In 2008, Collins was found guilty of conspiracy to murder businessman PJ Howard and his two sons, Robert and Niall, on dates between August and September 2006.

Collins, who had denied she used the internet alias 'lyingeyes98', was also convicted of soliciting an Egyptian poker dealer to murder the three men.

The two-bedroom apartment where she is staying in Limerick city is a far cry from her days of living in luxurious accomondation at PJ Howard's Ballybeg House near Ennis or holidaying in his penthouse in the Spanish resort of Fuengirola.

On her first shopping trip in almost four years, Collins made every effort to disguise her appearance and was left unhindered by fellow shoppers.

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She has her blonde hair cut short and wore an orange baseball cap with large sunglasses.

When approached as she came home by the Irish Independent, Collins kept her head down and walked into the building without giving any comment.

As part of her early release she is prohibited from giving media interviews until her official release date in December.

However, yesterday her solicitor Patrick Moylan said she is in discussions regarding a book deal.

Irish Independent