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 JAILED: Eamonn Lillis is serving a jail term for the manslaughter of his wife Celine Cawley in 2008

JAILED: Eamonn Lillis is serving a jail term for the manslaughter of his wife Celine Cawley in 2008

JAILED: Eamonn Lillis is serving a jail term for the manslaughter of his wife Celine Cawley in 2008

WIFE killer Eamonn Lillis hopes to be transferred to a low security prison within weeks to serve the end of his sentence for bludgeoning his wife to death at their Howth home.

The 56-year-old is being considered for a more open prison regime prior to his expected release date next year.

He was jailed for the manslaughter of his wife Celine Cawley (46) after he used a brick to kill her on the rear patio of their home in December 2008.

"Lillis has made previous requests to be moved to a more open prison but they have always been refused," said a prison source.

"But he was told late last year that if he made a similar request in 2014 it would be given full consideration," they added.

Lillis is currently being held in Wheatfield Prison.

If the move is approved Lillis could be moved to Shelton Abbey in Wicklow or Loughan House in Co Cavan in the coming weeks.

From either of those locations he would be introduced to unsupervised day and weekend release.

Lillis was sentence to a six year and eleven month term for manslaughter in 2010.

Media reports had previously claimed the killer could be out by this June, but even with maximum remission for good behaviour, he will not be freed until April 2015 at the earliest.

At the time of Celine's death, Lillis had told gardai that a burglar had attacked his wife and fled through their back garden.

However, an investigation found the struggling writer had killed his wife after they became involved in a struggle on the patio of their home in Howth on December 15, 2008.

DRAMATIC

Deputy State pathologist Michael Curtis found that Celine, who had starred in the Bond movie A View To A Kill, died after suffering three blows to the head – two of them as she lay unconscious and face down on the ground.

Lillis was charged with murder but after a controversial and dramatic trial, he was convicted of manslaughter.

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