Sunday 18 March 2018

Killer Lillis secures assets worth €500,000

Tim Healy and Mark Hilliard

CONVICTED killer Eamonn Lillis has secured up to half a million euro worth of the assets he shared with his deceased wife following a court battle with her relatives.

But the terms of an agreement between Lillis and Celine Cawley's relatives is to remain secret under a deal revealed to the High Court.

Last month the High Court ruled that Lillis (53) -- who killed Ms Cawley in 2008 -- was entitled to his half-interests in assets jointly owned by the couple.

The total value was estimated at just over €1m and included their luxury home in Howth as well as an apartment in Sutton, both in north County Dublin.

However, the exact terms of the agreement between the parties is strictly confidential and the division of assets remains unknown.

Their daughter, Georgia Lillis (18), and Ms Cawley's sister, Susanna, and brother, Christopher, as joint executors of Ms Cawley's estate, brought proceedings aimed at preventing Lillis securing any interest in assets jointly owned by him and his wife.

The order against Lillis was sought over his conviction for the manslaughter of his wife at their home in Howth in December 2008, for which he is serving a sentence of six years and 11 months.

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy said she could not conclude Lillis's share in the joint assets was automatically severed on his wife's death, and ruled he was entitled to his share of those assets, but he must hold one half of them in trust for the estate of Ms Cawley.

The judge urged the parties to try and reach an agreement in relation to the assets.

Lillis, who was not in court, is legally prevented from inheriting any of his wife's assets because he was convicted of killing her.

Irish Independent

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