In July 2008 Sharon Collins, a housewife and mother-of-two from Ennis, Co. Clare, was found guilty of soliciting Egyptian poker dealer Essam Eid to kill her partner PJ Howard and his two sons so she could inherit his estimated wealth of €60 million. The pulsating two-month trial gripped the nation with extraordinary revelations of her plot to kill: allegations of greed; the web search to find a hitman; the manufacture of lethal ricin poison – and its subsequent discovery in Eid’s cell; the kiss that stunned the courtroom... This book contains all the intimate details of this sensational landmark trial – but it also goes much further. The author’s local contacts in Ennis and her knowledge of the case since the beginning give her a unique insight into this story. Lying Eyes also reveals personal information about Ms Collins, including her background, upbringing and lifestyle, and how she came to be caught up in such an unimaginable tale. With exclusive access to the email correspondence between lyingeyes and hire_hitman, and Collins’s letters to the DPP, Emer Connolly reveals the lengths to which Sharon Collins was prepared to go to get her hands on her partner’s money.
Emer Connolly is a journalist with The Clare People newspaper. She is the only journalist to have covered the ‘lyingeyes’ case since its initial stages in 2006 through to its conclusion. She has reported extensively on the case in Co. Clare and has also featured in the Sunday Independent and on The Last Word on Today FM. Emer, who is based in Ennis, won two Justice Media Awards from the Law Society of Ireland for her courts coverage in 2006 and 2007.