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Lillis affair and his litany of lies were exposed in court

It was a killing that dominated newspaper headlines in the run up to Christmas 2008.

Eamonn Lillis (57) bludgeoned his wife Celine Cawley (46) to death with a brick on the patio of their multi-million euro Howth home.

Initially he concocted a story about returning home from walking the dog on the morning of December 15 to find to find a masked man attacking his wife with a brick.

But on February 1, 2010 a jury convicted Lillis of the businesswoman and former actress's manslaughter. He received a six-year and 11-month sentence.

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Eamon Lillis was not one of the prisoners granted early release

Eamon Lillis was not one of the prisoners granted early release

Celine Cawley whom Eamon Lilis killed in 2008 at their home in Dublin

Celine Cawley whom Eamon Lilis killed in 2008 at their home in Dublin

Family: Celine Cawley's sister Susanna, sister-in-law Sorcha, her brother Chris and her daughter Georgia during a court hearing related to the case.

Family: Celine Cawley's sister Susanna, sister-in-law Sorcha, her brother Chris and her daughter Georgia during a court hearing related to the case.

The house in Howth where Celine was killed

The house in Howth where Celine was killed

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Eamon Lillis was not one of the prisoners granted early release

The couple had one daughter, Georgia (21), and owned the well-known production company Toytown Films but business had been quiet in 2008.

But while to the outside world it seemed a perfect life, a different picture was emerged.

Lillis was having an affair with a masseuse and there were problems at home. "She [Celine] was asking me why I hadn't been out trying to generate new business, to bring in new jobs. She said I didn't care for [our daughter]; I was very angry," Lillis told the Central Criminal Court.

He told Celine that she was only being interested "in her own image as superwoman".

When gardai arrived at the Rowan Hill home, Celine was lying in a pool of blood and next to a blood-stained brick with Lillis standing over her giving her CPR.

It was five days later when Lillis was arrested. He explained his lies, saying he felt "completely and utterly trapped". "I was in a complete and total panic at the time," he said.

After Lillis's conviction, Celine's brother and sister, and her daughter, took a High Court action challenging his right to any share of the joint assets because he had killed her. They lost the case over a legal anomaly.

During the case over the assets, his daughter Georgia did not speak to her father and vehemently denied Lillis's assertion that she had given him permission to return to the family home on his release.

"I would rather stick pins in my eyes than have him return within six miles of Rowan Hill," she told the court.

Lillis's sentence is due to end next year and his daughter said she ever visited him in prison only once to get answers but stated that she got "none".

Irish Independent