Lillis to be sentenced tomorrow morning

Lillis to be sentenced tomorrow morning

Eamon Lillis is to be sentenced tomorrow morning for the killing of his wife Celine Cawley at their home in Howth in Dublin in 2008.

Mr Lillis was remanded in custody today after a sentencing hearing for killing his advertising executive wife Celine Cawley was adjourned.

The 52-year-old father of one appeared at the Central Criminal Court as victim impact statements were handed in to Judge Barry White.

A statement from the couple’s teenage daughter, who cannot be named, will be read by the judge in private before sentence is passed tomorrow.

Lillis, who was charged with murdering Ms Cawley at their home in Howth, north Dublin, in December 2008, was convicted of manslaughter after the jury found the State failed to prove intent.

In an emotional statement read to the court, Ms Cawley's grief- stricken sister, Suzanna, said it was next to impossible to put in to writing what had happened in the family's lives since last December.

“The good-humoured, roguishness, fun, compassionate, caring sister is entirely deleted from my mind and replaced with the horror of blood and head-shaven dead body,” she wrote.

Suzanna said the image of her sister’s 18 facial wounds and slipping on the blood and frost and the fight for her life was all she could think of.

She criticised how her sister was deprived of dying with dignity, unlike their mother, who died in the comfort of a hospice, and how Ms Cawley’s funeral became a media circus.

The family also hit out at Lillis, who they said had shown no remorse and made no attempt to apologise for his actions, particularly to their elderly father.

Prosecuting barrister Mary Ellen Ring’s voice cracked as she read the emotional words to the packed courtroom.

The statement said there was a terrifying realisation that the family would probably never know what happened to Ms Cawley.

“At night I play the scene over and over in my head,” her sister said.

“Was she in pain? Was she afraid, frightened? Did she think of her daughter? Did she know she was going to die?

“There is only one person who knows all the answers and I will never know and that’s hard to accept.”

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