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The notorious killers who share jail wing with Lillis

Wife-killer Eamonn Lillis is sharing Dublin's most sought- after jail wing with four other notorious killers.

The TV producer -- who used to live in a luxury house on the Hill of Howth -- has spent his first week behind bars at Wheatfield Prison with serious criminals, including:



  • Chinese man, Yu Jie, who strangled a couple and then set their bodies alight.


  • A teenager who murdered his sister, stabbing her 51 times.


  • Michael Hodgins, who turned to drug dealing after serving years for blasting a game-keeper to death.


  • Dublin 4 teenager Finn Colclough who stabbed another teen to death.

The wealthy producer's new address is Cell 10 on 6F landing at Wheatfield prison, Clondalkin Dublin 22, the Herald can reveal.

But while his new neighbours may lack the social standing and trappings of wealth of the folks in Howth, his new accommodation, on a drug-free landing, is one of the most sought-after addresses within the prison system.

"This is definitely one of the best landings in the system," said a prison source. "It really is all about location, location, location".

Lillis -- Prisoner 55511 -- is in a segregated, drug free unit and today is expected to be given a job within the prison.

Options include the library, laundry or kitchen. Recreation to date has included games of pool and visits to the gym.



Shocking

The source added: "He has met one of the governors and he should be given a job today. His time up to now is regarded as an induction period -- just getting to know the rules and regulations and what is open to him within the system."

Lillis' new neighbours have been responsible for some of the most shocking and high profile crimes of recent years.

Nineteen-year-old Colclough was sentenced to 10 years for manslaughter, on December 19, 2008. He killed Sean Nolan (18) on May 26, 2007, after stabbing him with two knives following an altercation on Waterloo Road, in South Dublin.

Yu Jie (25) from McKee Avenue, Finglas, was found guilty of the murders of 19-year-olds Yue Feng and Liu Qing at Blackhall Square, North King Street, Dublin, between March 12 and 14, 2001.

Another one of those Lillis now rubs shoulders with daily is a Drogheda man, back inside after serving a 12-year sentence for shooting a gamekeeper at Slane Castle. In June 2006, Michael Hodgins, now aged 39, from Pearse Park in the town was jailed for nine years for drug dealing. He was convicted of the shooting in 1990 and served eight years.

The teenager on the wing was just 17 when he murdered his 19-year-old sister in Co Kildare and is one of Lillis's immediate neighbours. He is serving a mandatory life sentence.

cmallon@herald.ie


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