Thursday 20 October 2016

Lillis hides out in leafy UK suburb as he plans future


EVIL wife-killer Eamonn Lillis enjoyed his first full day of freedom in his English bolthole.

The 57-year-old, who bludgeoned his wife Celine Cawley to death with a brick, has taken refuge in his sister's home in a leafy suburb of Southampton.

The millionaire thug was yesterday refusing to talk to the media, a day after his release from Wheatfield Prison in a storm of publicity.

He was caged for just over five years after being convicted of manslaughter for the 2008 killing of Ms Cawley.

As Lillis attempted to evade reporters at Dublin Airpot on Saturday, his only comment was: "I have served my time."

Today, former Mountjoy Prison governor John Lonergan branded that remark from Lillis as "arrogant".

"The comments are annoying and upsetting for people: That if you do five years in prison that that exonerates your behaviour," he said on RTE Radio.

He said Lillis' behaviour was "obnoxious and unacceptable".

"He was convicted of manslaughter. It was an arrogant statement to make after just five years," he added.


Lillis was due to be released on Friday but he opted to spend another night in jail to avoid the media and made a bolt for the airport in a taxi when he emerged on Saturday morning.

He boarded a flight to Southampton where his sister met him at the airport.

He was brought to her detached home in a picturesque suburb to take refuge as he plans his next move. It has been widely speculated that the former TV producer will start a new life for himself in France or Spain having taken classes in both languages while in prison.

Despite the bright sunshine, Lillis remained indoors yesterday morning.

A young man in his early twenties emerged from the house before 8am. He returned 15 minutes later with groceries and a Sunday newspaper. The curtains in the home remained closed throughout the morning.

When the Herald visited at lunchtime his sister answered the door. She was asked if Lillis would speak to the paper but she shook her head politely and smiled as she closed the door.

Eamonn Lillis killed Ms Cawley - a former model who appeared in a Bond film - at their home at Windgate Road, Howth in December 2008.

Gardai who responded to a 999 call found Lillis standing over his 46-year-old wife's body.

He had originally claimed that an intruder who fled through the back garden had killed the successful businesswoman who ran a TV production company.

Detectives who grilled him put it to Lillis that an affair he was having with masseuse Jean Treacy was the reason behind the fight with Celine that led to her death. He denied any correlation between the affair and the fight.

Lillis was found guilty in February 2010 of his wife's manslaughter.

It's believed that he amassed a fortune of around €1.3m between sums he is due from the wind-up of his wife's company, a pension, and the sale of properties co-owned by the couple.

He fought a legal battle with Celine's family who had wanted the couple's daughter, Georgia, to inherit all her wealth rather than see the man who killed her profit from her death.

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