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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Lillis' new pal in prison is a sex murderer

WIFE killer Eamon Lillis has found a new friend in prison -- a depraved sex killer.

Lillis (54) and murderer Cornelius Bermingham (45) have developed a friendship because of a shared interest in photography.

The two convicted killers were spotted examining photographs on a camera during a rest period in their prison home.

Bermingham, from Nohoval, Co Cork, was just 19 when he killed Adrienne Murray after meeting her at a disco in Kinsale in 1986.



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He tried to rape the 20-year-old before flinging her to her death over a 22ft wall.

He told a pal afterwards, "she was frigid. I didn't get anywhere with her" and in a statement to gardai on the night of the murder he confessed that he had thrown her from the wall.

"I was scared s***less and I knew I had to silence her or she would tell cops what I had done. At this stage I was out of my mind and dropped her over the wall. There was no noise from her after she dropped."

Later in court he tried to claim the fall was accidental.

His trial in 1987 heard that the young girl had been battered, an attempt made to strangle her, and she had injuries to her private parts.

Bermingham's ugly past has not stopped former millionaire advertising executive Lillis from befriending him.

Said one prison source: "On the outside Lillis would never befriend the likes of Bermingham. He'd consider him a total low-life, but things are totally different on the inside. You don't get to pick who lives under the same roof."

Bermingham is serving a life sentence but Lillis, who was jailed for manslaughter in 2010, will walk free in March 2015, with 25pc remission,

When first sentenced he was snubbed by other prisoners.

"A lot of the prisoners were angry when Lillis jumped the queue for the better cells, but they no longer give him the cold shoulder. He has it easy enough in jail," a source said.

Lillis who battered his wife Celine Cawley to death on the patio of their luxury Howth home is in the same prison as wife-killer Brian Kearney (54), who murdered his wife Siobhan (38) in 2008, and Anton Mulder (49), who strangled his 41-year-old wife Colleen at their Dunshaughlin, Co Meath home in 2004.



The former high flyer has a job in the prison workshops and in his free time has access to video games, snooker and education courses.

His heartbroken daughter Georgia (19) recently took legal action to stop her dad from profiting from his crime.

An agreement was reached in the High Court this week where the family home and another property in Sutton are to be sold and the proceeds divided between father and daughter.

csheehy@herald.ie

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