At a quiet word from the prison officer, Eamonn Lillis obediently rose and slipped silently from the courtroom through a side door on his way to the holding cell.
Lillis showed no emotion and did not pause to give a final signal to his sister Carmel, who had faithfully attended court every day.
Lillis never glanced up as he officially began to serve his time — six years and 11 months — for killing his wife Celine Cawley.
As he arrived in court yesterday to hear his fate he appeared unscathed after spending his first night in Cloverhill Prison as a convicted criminal the night before.
He had been found guilty of manslaughter and the sentence for which could range from life to a suspended sentence, Judge White said. In determining the appropriate sentence, the judge said he had canvassed the views of the prosecution and of the defence.
And with the lies, the cover-up and the deceit, when all was taken into account, it seemed to him that the appropriate sentence was just short of seven years.