Friday 19 January 2018

Wife-killer's property row is hit by fresh delay

Dearbhail McDonald Legal Editor

A DISPUTE between convicted killer Eamonn Lillis and the family of his late wife, Celine Cawley, over properties they jointly owned has been further adjourned.

Ms Cawley's family are seeking court orders to prevent Lillis benefiting from her will.

The victim's father, James Cawley, attended the High Court yesterday. The application to adjourn the matter was made on consent of both sides and was dealt with by a High Court registrar.

Lillis (53) is serving a sentence of six years and 11 months for the manslaughter of his wife, whom he killed with a brick at their home in Howth, Co Dublin, in December 2008.

Earlier this year, Lillis complained that he was "fearful of an invasion of his privacy" in fighting the court action over his share of the couple's joint assets. He has claimed that he was not motivated by money, but by a desire to rebuild a relationship with the couple's only daughter, who recently turned 18. Ms Cawley's siblings, sister Susanna and brother Christopher, who are joint administrators of the estate, are seeking orders providing that properties owned by the couple should transfer to their only child.

Lillis is entitled to €353,508 following the liquidation of his dead wife's TV production firm, Toytown Films Ltd. But he is legally prevented from inheriting any of his wife's assets.

The properties include the family home in Howth, worth an estimated €1.5m, an apartment in Sutton, Co Dublin, and a holiday home in France.

Irish Independent

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