Tuesday 24 April 2018

Cawleys on one side of court, Lillis on the other

Daughter would 'rather stick pins in her eyes' than have her father living nearby, Abigail Rieley reports

The Cawley family filed into Court Three in the Four Courts as the clock approached 10.30am. Celine Cawley's father James took his seat between his son Christopher and his daughter Susanna in the second row of the public benches. The retired solicitor had come to see the latest episode in the case his children were taking against their sister's husband Eamonn Lillis, who is currently serving a prison sentence for her manslaughter.

Susanna and Christopher are attempting to have 53-year-old Lillis declared legally dead in regard to the assets he jointly owned with his wife. Earlier this year, Lillis's now 18-year-old daughter, Georgia, joined the suit with her aunt and uncle.

The family's barrister, Brian Spierin, told the court that this "legal fabrication" would allow joint assets owned by the couple, including properties, bank accounts and investments totalling €2.1m, to pass directly to their daughter.

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