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Saturday 21 October 2017

Wealthy paedophile 'Cookie Monster' left estate of only €600

Late abuser Eamon Cooke
Late abuser Eamon Cooke

Convicted child predator Eamon 'Cookie Monster' Cooke left an estate of just €600, according to relatives who want his assets investigated so his victims can be paid compensation.

Cooke, the former owner of pirate station Radio Dublin, was jailed for 10 years in 2007 for sexually assaulting young girls at his home 30 years earlier.

Millions

The paedophile was found guilty of 42 charges of sexual assault. He is believed to have abused hundreds of children before he was jailed.

Cooke died aged 79 in St Francis Hospice in Raheny, Dublin, in June last year.

Now a member of his family has called for an investigation into his estate, after a mere €600 was found a year after his death - despite him having a property portfolio worth millions.

The female relative, who divulged details of a large number of properties Cooke owned in his lifetime, also told of how he stole €101,000 from a joint account he held with his third wife while in prison.

"Cooke died a wealthy man, but what he did with that money is a complete mystery," the relative said.

"My family suffered at his hands, as did his many victims, and that money needs to be found and used to compensate them for the harm he did in his life.

"I went to the probate office to ask them whether the estate had gone to probate but they said no application had been received.

"I couldn't believe it. My fear is he died without leaving a will and the fact is no one knows how much money or what property he had when he died.

Hateful

"He was so hateful - that's just the way he would have wanted it. He wouldn't have wanted anyone to get their hands on his money."

Cooke died weeks after a woman came forward claiming she witnessed schoolboy Philip Cairns in his pirate radio station on October 23, 1986 - the day of his disappearance.

Cooke's family member said some of the money he amassed should be recovered and distributed to victims.

"The possibility that all this money has just disappeared doesn't really make sense," she said.

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