Lillis faces manslaughter sentence

Eamonn Lillis will be sentenced today for killing his advertising executive wife.

Eamonn Lillis will be sentenced today for killing his advertising executive wife.

Father-of-one Lillis, 52, faces a maximum of life in jail for Celine Cawley’s manslaughter at their luxury north Dublin home in 2008, 10 days before Christmas.

Judge Barry White is to pass sentence at the Central Criminal Court after receiving victim impact statements from Ms Cawley’s daughter and sister Suzanna.

Lillis was convicted of the lesser charge a week ago after the jury found the State failed to prove he intended to murder his wife.

A successful media executive, 46-year-old Ms Cawley died at the back of her home in the exclusive Howth area.

When Lillis was questioned by gardaí, he concocted a story that a burglar was in the home when he came back from walking the family dog.

Lillis, who was having an affair with masseuse Jean Treacy at the time, later retracted the statement, claiming it had been made to protect his teenage daughter from a violent row he had with his wife.

After three days of deliberations, a jury found him guilty of manslaughter, and as well as delivering the verdict took the unusual step of explaining that the prosecution had not proved intent.

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