Daughter of Celine Cawley initiates legal proceedings
THE DAUGHTER of Celine Cawley, who was killed by her husband Eamonn Lillis three years ago, has initiated legal proceeding to determine what will happen to assets worth an estimated €4m jointly held by her parents.
The businesswoman and former Bond girl was killed by her husband at their Howth, Co Dublin home and their daughter Georgia Lillis has said she would rather stick pins in her eyes than have her father return to the family home after his release from prison.
Lillis is currently serving a six-year, 11-month prison sentence after his conviction in January for his wife’s manslaughter.
At the trial, it was revealed that he was having a passionate affaire at the time of his wife’s death
Ms Lillis is taking the action along with Ms Cawley's brother and sister - Chris Cawley and Susanna Cawley.
Lillis has acknowledged that he has no claim to assets held by his wife in her sole name.
This summer the High Court ruled that Ms Lillis, who turned 18 last year, could be party to the action in her own right.
She had asked to be included because she objected to some things her father had claimed in documents filed by the courts.
In November of last year, Lillis filed papers arguing that the family home in Howth and a rental apartment in Sutton, should pas wholly to him.
However, Ms Lillis’s sister and brother, who are both administrators of their deceased sister’s estate, argue that he should be ruled out for the purposes of the Succession Act and that the entire estate, valued at about €4m, should pass directly to his daughter.
Lillis renounced his own right to administer the estate shortly after his conviction.