Wednesday 17 January 2018

No easy task for judge when he sentences Lillis

Eamonn Lillis's defence counsel pleaded with trial judge, Mr Justice Barry White, to respect the jury's verdict
Eamonn Lillis's defence counsel pleaded with trial judge, Mr Justice Barry White, to respect the jury's verdict
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

IN many instances, it is easy to decide the appropriate sentence. But the Eamonn Lillis case isn't one of them. Last night Mr Justice Barry White, who presided over the Lillis murder trial, sought a brief period of time to consider what sentence the TV advertising executive should serve for the manslaughter of his wife, Celine Cawley.

Lillis's counsel, Brendan Grehan, implored the judge to respect the jury's verdict.

Unusually, the jury provided an explanation for its decision with the panel's foreman stating that they had opted for the lesser charge of manslaughter because it believed that the State had failed to prove intent.

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