BREAKING: Wife-killer Lillis in stand-off with prison authorities

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Stand-off: Eamonn Lillis
Stand-off: Eamonn Lillis

Wife-killer Eamonn Lillis is currently in a stand-off with prison authorities over his imminent release.

The 57-year-old was due for release tomorrow but the Irish Prison Service doesn't allow the release of prisoners at the weekend. Thus, his release was brought forward. 

However, it has emerged the killer is being uncooperative with the terms of his release. 

Under law he is expected to sign a consent form agreeing to his early release under the condition his 24 hours of early freedom be covered by a temporary release order. 

Sources say the Dublin man is refusing to leave the prison early due to a large media presence outside Wheatfield Prison (below) in west Dublin. It is understood he is free to sign the release forms at any time during the 24 hours. 

He could, however, decide to forgo the early release and leave the prison tomorrow morning. 

The thug brutally bludgeoned his wife Celine Cawley to death in their plush home in the Dublin suburb of Howth in 2008. He was sentenced to seven years in prison in February 2010 after being found guilty of the manslaughter of his wife. He was cleared of the charge of murder.
In December 2008, Gardai arrived at the family home on Windgate Road and found Lillis standing over his wife's body.
He claimed that she was killed by an intruder but his amateurish tale unravelled and his bloody clothes were found hidden in the attic. It emerged Celine had died from blows to the head with a brick. 

Lillis is to be welcomed by a fortune estimated to be over €1.2 million upon his release. The money he is due stems from the wind-up of his wife's TV production company, a pension, and the sale of properties co-owned by the couple.

That's about €688 for every day he spent in jail, the Independent reports. 

The house where he murdered his wife was sold for around €1 million and legally he is entitled to half of the proceeds. He was handed a cheque in October 2012. In addition to his share of the family home he also netted €358,505 after the television production company he founded with his wife was liquidated.
He also pocketed a €400,000 pension from the business, €131,500 from the sale of an investment property in Sutton and €22,000 in investment bonds. He will be free to access the money in his bank account when he is released and can do whatever he wishes with it. 
Following Lillis' conviction for manslaughter, his daughter Georgia and Celine's brother and sister fought and lost a High Court case to prevent him from getting half of the couple's assets because he was responsible for killing her.