Monday 20 November 2017

No remorse: Lillis never said sorry to daughter for killing Celine in his jail letters

Lillis never said sorry to daughter for killing Celine in his jail letters

Maeve Sheehan and Joyce Fegan EXCLUSIVE

Eamonn Lillis made no effort to express remorse for killing his wife Celine Cawley in letters to her family from jail, the Sunday Independent can reveal. Lillis fled the country yesterday evening, jetting to Southampton to stay with his sister on his first day of freedom after spending five years and two months behind bars for killing the television company executive.

As he flew off to begin his new life as a free man, it emerged Lillis (57) has not communicated with his daughter Georgia since he fought tooth and nail to stop her from inheriting her mother's share of the properties they jointly owned, when he wrote trying to turn her against her mother's family. And he has made no attempt to contact his daughter prior to, or after, his release from prison.

In letters to Celine's family from jail, Lillis made no effort to "make amends" for killing Celine Cawley at their hilltop home in Howth six years ago.

Georgia and Celine's family were said by friends to be "hugely distressed" that Lillis walked free from jail after serving just five years and accumulating more than €1.3m after her death. A family friend told the Sunday Independent: "It is every bit as awful as they thought it was going to be. It is deeply depressing and very private. The family got no feedback. There has been no contact from third parties, or anyone."

The family declined to comment on Lillis' release. However Georgia, who is now a student at a Dublin university, has indicated in the past that she wants nothing to do with her father, and told the acrimonious legal action that she would "rather stick pins in her eyes" than see him return to the family home in Howth.

Lillis yesterday spent less than seven hours in the country following his release from Wheatfield Prison.

Eamonn Lillis outside prison
Eamonn Lillis outside prison
Eamonn Lillis pictured departing from Wheatfield prison
Celine Cawley

He spent the day trying to escape the glare of the media spotlight before eventually boarding a flight to Southampton just after 4.30pm.

On disembarking, Lillis walked straight out of the airport to the car park outside, where he was greeted by his sister, who drove him to her home in the city.

Sunday Independent

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