Tuesday 24 October 2017

Nicola Anderson: Resigned to his fate, Lillis shows no emotion as he's sentenced

Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

AT a quiet word from the prison officer, Eamonn Lillis obediently rose and slipped silently from the courtroom through a side door on his way to the holding cell. The Cawley family seemed not to have even noticed he was gone.

Lillis showed no emotion and did not pause to give a final signal to his sister, Carmel, who had faithfully attended court every day and who followed him with her eyes as he left.

From the large windows of the court, the bare branches of the trees shone silvery in the bright early spring sunshine, but Lillis never glanced up at this tantalising glimpse of freedom, as he officially began to serve his time -- six years and 11 months -- for killing his wife, Celine Cawley.

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