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Wednesday 13 December 2017

A lonely lunch for killer Lillis on jail birthday

WIFE-killer Eamonn Lillis was marking his first birthday behind bars today.

The millionaire, who bludgeoned Celine Cawley to death at their Howth home in 2008, turned 53 today.

It is the second significant occasion that Lillis has spent behind bars. He passed a number of days in jail in the immediate aftermath of his wife's death, including Christmas Day 2008, but was released just before New Year 2009.

However, today he woke up to the prospect of another five birthdays in prison.

His day started with breakfast alone in his cell shortly after 8am before being given an hour for exercise in the yard of Wheatfield Prison.

Between 10.30am and midday, the TV producer had the option of participating in some sort of work or educational programme before he was left to have lunch in his cell again.

The afternoon will involve further work with a break for TV or the gym this evening.

Given that it is his birthday, his normal routine may also be broken up to allow for a visitor.

Normal visiting times are Monday to Saturday from 10am to noon and 2pm to 4pm.

Prisoners are entitled to one 30-minute visit per week, while special visits of 15 minutes may also be available on request.

Last month Lillis was sentenced to seven years for the killing but is likely to be released in March 2015 with remission.

During his trial, the court was told how Lillis and his wife had a domestic row which turned violent and she was hit three times with a brick.

kdoyle@herald.ie

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