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Dad still hasn't told me why he killed mum - anguish of Georgia (18)

KILLER husband Eamon Lillis never gave his daughter an answer on why he killed her mother Celine Cawley.

Georgia Lillis (18) sought answers from her father over what had happened -- but got none, a court was told.

The teenager, who is now involved in a legal battle with her father over property, has also expressed her deep hurt and belief that her life would be blighted by her mother's loss.

She said that she had only visited her father once since he was sent to prison and did not intend to visit him again.

She also denied claims by Lillis that she had entered into an agreement with her father that he could return to the family home after his release from prison.



BINDING

A claim by Lillis that he is entitled to an interest in properties he jointly owned with his late wife Celine is "misplaced", the High Court heard.

Brian Spierin, for the Cawleys, said Georgia had expressed in an affidavit she would rather have "pins stuck in her eyes" than have her father "come within six miles of her home".

He said the effect of Lillis having an interest in the assets, including the family home, would have the effect of "binding two people together".

Georgia and her mother's sister, Susanna, and brother, Christopher, are seeking orders to prevent him from securing any interest in assets which were jointly owned by the couple.

Lillis (53) is currently serving a sentence at Wheatfield Prison for the manslaughter of his wife at their home in Howth, Co Dublin in December 2008. His daughter, sister-in-law and brother-in-law have asked the court to rule that as a result of his actions Lillis is not entitled to any interest in the assets. They argue that the assets should fully transfer to Georgia.

Lillis, who attended yesterday's hearing, is legally prevented from inheriting any of his wife's assets because he was convicted of killing her.



ADVICE

His barrister Seamas O Tuathail argued that his client was entitled to half of the jointly owned assets and had constitutional rights in respect of the properties.

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy has reserved judgment in the matter and hopes to give her decision as soon as possible.

The assets include the family home in Howth with an estimated value of between €800,000 and €750,000, an apartment in Sutton with an estimated value of between €190,000 and €220,000, as well as several investments worth some €68,000. Another property in France is the subject of separate legal proceedings which have yet to come before a French court.

Counsel for the Cawleys argued that, because of Lillis's actions and conviction for Ms Cawley's manslaughter, he had forfeited his interest in the joint properties. Georgia said she fully supported the action against her father, and that she had been fully appraised by all events by her aunt and uncle and had received independent legal advice.

Mr Spierin also said it would "revolt the human mind" if Lillis, were to obtain a 100pc interest in the jointly owned assets. It was a general proposition of public law that Lillis could not benefit from his killing of his wife, he added.

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