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Daughter to fight wife-killer Lillis over home rights

Tim Healy

Published 26/07/2011 | 05:00

THE daughter of convicted wife-killer Eamonn Lillis has filed a sworn statement strongly contesting her father's claim that she agreed that he would live in the family home when he is released from prison.

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Lillis may have to attend the High Court in November to deal with the action by his daughter Georgia and the family of his late wife, Celine Cawley.

Ms Cawley's sister, Susanna, and brother Christopher, who are joint administrators of her estate, are seeking orders to prevent Lillis (53) securing any interest in properties that were jointly owned by them.

The Cawleys say the properties, which are believed to include the family home in Howth, an apartment in Sutton, and a holiday home in France, should transfer to the couple's daughter, Georgia.

Last month, the court ordered that Georgia, who turned 18 last November, could be joined as a plaintiff to the action against Lillis who is serving a prison sentence for the manslaughter of his wife in December 2008.

The judge ruled it was "appropriate" that Georgia be joined in the action as she was the person most affected by the outcome of the proceedings.

The court was also told Georgia, the couple' s only child, was "most anxious and "unequivocally wanted" to be joined to the action, in order to reply to certain claims made in affidavits by her father about the joint assets.

Georgia has filed a sworn statement disputing claims her father made in previous affidavits that there was an agreement between them that he would live in the family home on his release. She says there is no such agreement.

Lawyers representing Lillis had opposed the application to join Georgia as a plaintiff.

The matter was adjourned until yesterday to allow Georgia file an affidavit and to allow her father reply to it.

Counsel for the Cawley family yesterday said Georgia's affidavit had been served on Lillis and in a letter from his solicitors they said he was not proposing to respond to the affidavit.

They said they now wanted to apply for a date for a hearing of the matter.

The case would take two days to hear and arrangements would have to be made to transport Lillis from prison to court.

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy set November 16 next for the hearing.

Lillis is serving a sentence of six years and 11 months at Wheatfield Prison for the manslaughter of his wife who he killed with a brick at their home in Howth, Co Dublin, in December 2008.

Legacy

In her will, Ms Cawley left a legacy of more than €1m to be inherited by their daughter.

Lillis is entitled to €353,508 following the liquidation of the TV production firm, Toytown Films Ltd, which was founded by Ms Cawley and of which he was a shareholder.

Lillis is legally prevented from inheriting any of his wife's assets because he was convicted of killing her. But he says he is entitled to half of the properties jointly owned by the couple.

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