Jury out in Lillis murder trial

The jury began its deliberations today in the trial of a cheating husband accused of murdering his wife.

The jury began its deliberations today in the trial of a cheating husband accused of murdering his wife.

Mr Justice Barry White said jurors should be aware of certain inconsistencies in evidence when weighing up whether to find Eamonn Lillis guilty of murdering businesswoman Celine Cawley.

But the judge urged them not to go into the jury room with a closed mind, but to be prepared to be swayed by the arguments.

“Be prepared to talk. Be prepared to listen,” Mr Justice White said.

“Be prepared to have a view of the case. Be prepared to have that view altered by the arguments.

“Don’t simply go in there with a closed mind.”

The 52-year-old television producer denies murdering his business partner wife at their home in the affluent north Dublin suburb of Howth in December 2008.

After 10 days of evidence at the Central Criminal Court, the jury has been asked to return a verdict of murder, manslaughter or not guilty.

Lillis, who has been on bail throughout the trial, is accused of killing his wife by striking her with a brick at the rear of their home.

She was found with serious head injuries on decking in their back garden and died some time later.

Evidence during the trial heard Lillis was interviewed by gardaí and concocted a story of a burglar in the home when he came back from walking the family dog.

He later retracted the statement, claiming it had been made to protect his teenage daughter from a row he had with his wife.

Yesterday, as Mr Justice White began his summing up, he urged the jurors to act dispassionately and set aside any feelings of revulsion when deciding their verdict.

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