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This killer should not profit from his crime


Eamon Lillis.

Eamon Lillis.

Eamon Lillis.

Eamonn Lillis battered his wife to death with a brick on the patio of their home.

Why, under any system of laws, this man could be allowed access to assets he jointly owned with his victim, Celine Cawley, is beyond me.

This killer is due to be released from prison next year and has reportedly already pocketed the €600,000 proceeds of the successful media company that Celine founded, plus his €450,000 pension as an employee of that firm.

It defies all logic that this man could benefit any further in the wake of his crime.

But he claims he's entitled to the couple's jointly-owned home, something which Celine's family opposes.

They're right, of course.

The State already has another agency to prevent killers profiting from their crimes - the Criminal Assets Bureau.


Although the context is different, the principle is the same - those who kill should not be able to prosper from their crimes.

The Law Reform Commission is currently examining whether spouse killers should have the right to inherit property.

If the principle of natural justice is applied then surely the law will be changed to ensure that they cannot.

The behaviour of Eamon Lillis, and other killers in his position, is a travesty of justice and a grave insult to the memory of victims of these serious crimes and their families.

This law must be changed.