Monday 18 December 2017

Cawley family's legal nightmare drags on

Wife-killer Eamonn Lillis is locked in a bitter dispute with his in-laws over shared assets, writes Donal Lynch

Donal Lynch

Donal Lynch

FOR the Cawley family last week should have proved to be the end of the nightmare. They had hoped to finally cut the most significant ties with the man they refer to only as 'the defendant' and to create the space in which their young niece could quietly live her life and come to terms with the fact that her father killed her mother. Instead their torture continues -- in the High Court, Justice Laffoy reluctantly sent them and their lawyers to huddle and plan the next move. In private, there were tears of frustration and sadness. Like a bad horror sequel, the in-law from hell just keeps clinging on.

They are not free of Eamonn Lillis yet.

It is three years ago this coming Thursday since Lillis dropped his then 16-year-old daughter Georgia off at school at Sutton Park, a short drive from their home on Windgate Road. The fog was forming on his breath; there was a twinkling gauze of frost on the Hill of Howth. Georgia was looking forward to Christmas. She'd been horse-riding with her mother the previous weekend and there had been talk of getting a pony. She kissed her father goodbye. It would be her last normal moment of family life for a long time.

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