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Defiant wife killer Eamonn Lillis - 'I have served my time'

Eamonn Lillis
Eamonn Lillis

Eamonn Lillis, convicted of the manslaughter of his wife Celine Cawley in 2010, is now a free man.

Wife killer Eamonn Lillis has been released from prison. The 57-year-old was whisked through the gates of Wheatfield prison in Dublin in a taxi, having served 1,888 days as Prisoner 5551. Emerging at 9.40am, Lillis - wearing a grey top - sat in the back seat and made no attempt to hide his face. He did not stop to speak to reporters and his taxi was chased by a fleet of media in waiting cars.

The taxi had arrived at the prison at 9am.

Lillis arrived at Dublin Airport’s Terminal 1 at approximately 11.30am.

When he got out of the taxi, he was met by another scrum of reporters.

Dressed in an off-white hoody, Lillis – who appeared to have lost weight during his time behind bars – appeared angry and defiant and said “I have served my time” as he was peppered by questions as he walked through the main doors of the terminal and straight to the security gates.

It is understood Lillis is on route to England to stay with his sister.

Lillis was sentenced to seven years in prison after the guilty verdict was handed down but he has now been released after serving just a little over five years for his crime.

It is reported that Lillis is set to head for the UK immediately, and he is also in line to live a very comfortable life with €1.3m waiting for him from the proceeds of the sale of property and the wind-up of his wife's production company.

Lillis initially refused to sign the release papers when they were first offered to him on Friday morning.

Additional reporting by Shane Dolan

For pictures of Lillis after his release, just click here.