Saturday 18 November 2017

First night in jail for killer as he awaits sentencing

Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

KILLER Eamonn Lillis spent the final night before he learns his fate alone in a cell at Cloverhill Prison.

The television advertising producer, who will be sentenced today for the manslaughter of his wife Celine Cawley, was kept away from other inmates and was given a single cell at the west Dublin jail.

The prison's surroundings will have been familiar to Lillis, who previously spent two weeks on remand there early last year while putting together his bail bond.

Despite not yet being sentenced, the Prison Service has already allocated him a prisoner number -- 55511.

Lillis was taken to the prison after yesterday's sentencing hearing was adjourned.

After eating a supper of a chicken burger and coleslaw, he was locked into his cell at 8pm.

Sources said Lillis was monitored by prison officers throughout the night.

However, this monitoring was conducted with less intensity than so-called suicide watch, which involves checks on a prisoner every 15 minutes.

That level of observation is only put in place for prisoners deemed to be at risk or who have just been sentenced to a lengthy period in jail.

Cloverhill is primarily used for remand prisoners and should Lillis (52) receive a custodial sentence at the Central Criminal Court today he will not be returning there.

Instead, Lillis would be committed to Mountjoy, where he would be formally processed.

However, he is unlikely to spend more than a few hours there before being transferred to another jail, most likely Wheatfield Prison, to serve out the sentence.

Wife killers

Wheatfield adjoins Cloverhill and is home to a number of high-profile convicts, including fellow wife-killers Brian Kearney and Anton Mulder.

It is likely Lillis would be housed on the same part of the prison as electrical contractor Kearney, who is serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife Siobhan.

Wheatfield also houses a number of gangland criminals, including members of the feuding Limerick gangs.

One-fifth of the prison's 400-inmate population are sex offenders.

Irish Independent

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