Prisoner 55511 spends first night in prison

FACING at least five years behind bars, prisoner 55511 was escorted from the courts and driven by prison officers to Mountjoy Jail.

Killer Eamonn Lillis was temporarily held there while the papers for his sentence were finalised and then transported to Dublin’s Wheatfield Prison.

He had spent the night before his sentence was announced in Cloverhill Prison. There, the 52-year-old had his tea and supper and spent the night in a three-man cell with two other inmates on the C1 landing.

After learning of his fate yesterday before Justice Barry White, the convicted killer was facing the first night of his seven-year sentence, which could be reduced due to good behaviour.

The medium-security prison is already home to several notorious prisoners, including fellow wife-killer Brian Kearney.

Kearney is serving a life sentence for strangling his wife Siobhan with a vacuum cleaner flex at their home in Goatstown, south Dublin, in February 2006.

Other inmates include members of the notorious Limerick gang the McCarthy-Dundons.

This includes Wayne Dundon, who was originally sentenced to 10 years for threatening to kill a barman in December 2005.

Wheatfield Prison was hailed as a model prison on its opening in 1989. It was purpose-built to provide work, training and education for the majority of the 320 inmates it was designed to take – all housed in single cells. Today, with overcrowding in jails, doubling-up is now common in cells.

Lillis will have an option to get involved in education and training programmes at Wheatfield which has the highest allocation of teachers of any prison. Trades in construction, joinery and metal work, are very popular in the prison.

Key programmes offered in Wheatfield include the creative arts, such as painting, drawing, music and drama while there are also courses on holistic education, including stress management, relaxation, Tai Chi and meditation.

Elsewhere in the kitchen, Lillis will have his food options varied as there is a 28-day cycle before the same dish is served again where prison chefs serve out 1,500 meals every day of the week.

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