Tuesday 20 March 2018

Lillis puts his affairs in order as the clock ticks down

Louise Hogan

CONVICTED wife-killer Eamonn Lillis exudes the aura of a busy man, as the clock relentlessly ticks down to his sentencing.

At just a minute past 9am, the advertising director strode stony-faced up through the car park and into the local garda station in Howth.

The previous day, the 52-year-old had left it until late to sign-in and yesterday's early fulfilment of his bail conditions may be a hint at the complex nature of affairs that he has to wrap up in a very short time.

Once again, Lillis will walk the gauntlet of photographers tomorrow as he returns to the Central Criminal Court. There he may learn how many years he will serve after the 12-person jury found him guilty of killing his wife, Celine Cawley.

However, he may also enter custody then, yet find out his exact sentence at a later date.

He has maintained his silence since he left the Central Criminal Court shortly after 7pm on Friday.

And, yesterday was no different. Dressed in a, by now familiar, dress-code of a dark coat and jeans, he drove up sharply in his 07 Mercedes jeep, before swiftly walking into the garda station.

The entire process -- which he has to complete twice daily -- took less than two minutes.

After the verdict was handed down, his defence counsel Brendan Grehan asked that he be placed on continuing bail to give him a little time to settle his affairs.

His personal business affairs include organising care arrangements for his daughter, as well as settling financial matters such as the running of the three homes he owned with his wife.

Irish Independent

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