Murder accused had affair with masseuse, court told.
The husband of murder victim Celine Cawley was having an affair with a masseuse at a local beauty salon. Details of the affair emerged during garda interviews when murder-accused Eamonn Lillis (52) admitted having an affair with Jean Treacy, the murder trial heard yesterday.
Ms Treacy had been engaged to marry someone else at the time. 'I did have an affair, but it had absolutely nothing to do with all this (the murder investigation),' he told gardai.
He claimed that, personally and professionally, he and his wife Celine had been 'very, very close' and that she had been 'a tower of strength' for him. Asked if he had loved Celine, he replied: 'God, yes.' He later said he would not have left Ms Cawley, especially because of his daughter. 'I would hate to break up a family,' he said.
As revelations of the affair emerged in Court 19 of the Central Criminal Court yesterday, Ms Cawley's family shook their heads in shock and disbelief. A colleague of Ms Treacy's come forward in the wake of Ms Cawley's death and then Ms Treacy herself gave a statement to the gardai. Mr Lillis initially denied the affair, but admitted it upon continued questioning throughout the course of the interview which had been conducted the day he was arrested on December 20, 2008 -- five days after his wife's death.
Ms Treacy told gardai the affair had been going on for the past 10 weeks and that she had been at their house three times. The relationship had begun during a massage treatment at the Howth Haven Salon where she worked and where Mr Lillis used to go for a weekly back massage.
During the treatment, Mr Lillis had asked her what she was thinking and, taking his hand and placing it on her pulse, she said: 'This is what I am thinking.' A week later they kissed in one of the treatment rooms.
The following Monday was Ms Treacy's day off and they had sexual relations at his home at Rowan Hill, Windgate Road, Howth, where Mr Lillis lived with his wife -- she was away in London at the time.
Mr Lillis bought Ms Treacy a mobile phone and texted her every day. Ms Treacy, in interviews with gardai, claimed Mr Lillis had told her that he was unhappy in his marriage but when this was put to Mr Lillis he had replied 'no comment'. During questioning about Ms Treacy, Mr Lillis initially denied anything was amiss, saying Ms Cawley had gone to the Howth Haven for treatments too.
Gardai told Mr Lillis that he had been spotted at various places with Ms Treacy, including buying a coat in Brown Thomas in Dublin city centre and at the Pavillions Shopping Centre in Swords. However, he did not confess to the affair until gardai eventually told him Ms Treacy had come forward.
When gardai put it to Mr Lillis that he seemed to be infatuated with Ms Treacy, he said it had been a 'mid-life crisis'. Gardai told Mr Lillis they had a statement from somebody who had claimed his marriage was a 'sexless marriage', which had suited both he and Ms Cawley. However, he said this was 'not true'.
When asked if he had been jealous that Ms Treacy had been due to get married that following June, Mr Lillis laughed and said: 'I don't do jealous.'The case continues.