Updated: 11/09/12 : 16:42:45Printable Version
Sharon Collins, who was convicted of hiring a hitman to kill her former partner and his two sons, has been released from prison.
The 49-year-old who used the email alias "lying eyes" walked free from Mountjoy women's prison yesterday in advance of her final release date this December.
Sharon Collins always denied soliciting a Las Vegas Poker dealer to kill Ennis Businessman PJ Howard and his sons Robert and Niall, but was found guilty in 2008 following one of Ireland's longest legal trials. She was sentenced to six years behind bars.
The 49-year-old mother of two visited her family in Ennis recently on short temporary release, but yesterday she walked free from jail, three months ahead of the official expiry of her prison term.
Sharon Collin's solicitor has confirmed to Clare FM that her release is seen as "a temporary - but long term measure", as she is unlikely to return to jail. She will officially be a free woman in December.
Ms Collins' location is being kept private for now. She previously stated she was unlikely to return to Ennis amid concerns about media intrusion and its effects on her family.