Sunday 22 April 2018

Final day for Lillis to appeal his sentence

Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

WIFE-killer Eamonn Lillis has until the end of today to lodge an appeal against his six years and 11-month sentence for the manslaughter of Celine Cawley.

A 21-day window within which the TV advertising executive can lodge such an appeal is set to close this evening.

Lillis was jailed on February 5 for killing Ms Cawley (46) at the couple's home in Howth, Co Dublin, in December 2008.

Lawyers representing Lillis (52) indicated in the immediate aftermath of his trial that they would not seek to appeal the verdict but would be seeking a reduction in his sentence.

However, to date, no action has been taken by Lillis's legal team.



Notice

If they do act today, they will only have to serve notice of Lillis's intention to appeal. His lawyers are not required to outline the grounds of any such appeal at this stage.

Lillis is incarcerated at Dublin's Wheatfield Prison. He shares a prison landing with another killer, Dubliner Finn Colclough, who is serving a manslaughter sentence for knifing a teenager to death outside his home in Ballsbridge.

Other high-profile wife killers at the prison include David Bourke, Brian Kearney and Anton Mulder.

Lillis has been given a single cell and assigned work duties in the prison's print shop.

He was initially jailed for seven years by Mr Justice Barry White, but one month was knocked off the sentence when it was pointed out to the judge that Lillis had already spent time in prison while trying to raise his bail money.

Ms Cawley, a successful advertising producer, died after she and her husband fought at their luxury home.

Lillis was having an affair with masseuse Jean Treacy (32) in the weeks before the killing.

He initially claimed an intruder assaulted his wife, but the story quickly unravelled when gardai found his bloodstained clothes in the attic.

Mr Justice White criticised Lillis's behaviour after the killing as "offensive" and said it had had a devastating effect on Ms Cawley's family and the couple's 17-year-old daughter.

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