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Sunday 19 August 2018

Killer Lillis's girl fights to halt his claim over homes

BATTLE: Daughter joins victim Celine's family in legal bid

The daughter of convicted killer Eamon Lillis is to join the legal fight to prevent her father getting a share of properties jointly owned by him and his late wife Celine Cawley.

Georgia Lillis, the couple's only child, was 'most anxious' to join in the legal action being taken by her mother's family, a court was told.

Eamon Lillis is legally prevented from inheriting any of his wife's assets because he was convicted of killing her.

But he says he is entitled to half of the properties -- believed to include the family home in Howth, Co Dublin, an apartment in Sutton and a holiday home in France -- jointly owned by the couple.

The High Court has now ruled that the couple's daughter is to be allowed take part in a legal action being taken by Celine's sister and brother.

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy ruled it was "appropriate" that Ms Lillis, who turned 18 last November be joined in the action as she was the person most affected by the outcome.

Celine Cawley's sister Susanna and brother Christopher, joint administrators of the estate, are seeking court orders to prevent Lillis securing any interest in certain properties that were jointly owned by the couple and that the properties should transfer to Georgia.

Georgia "unequivocally wanted" to be joined to the action, in order to reply to certain claims made in affidavits by her father, the court was told.

Lawyers representing Eamon Lillis opposed the application to join Georgia as a plaintiff, on grounds including that it was not necessary and would not help the court determine the legal issues that arise in the proceedings.

The judge said that it was an unusual case, but she was satisfied that Georgia Lillis should be made a party to the proceedings.

The judge also adjourned the matter to next month, but expressed the view that the action would not be heard until October.

Lillis (53) is serving a sentence of six years and 11 months at Wheatfield Prison for the manslaughter of his wife who he killed with a brick at their home in Howth in December 2008.

In her will, Ms Cawley left a legacy of more than €1m to be inherited by their daughter.

Lillis is entitled to €353,508 following the liquidation of the TV production firm, Toytown Films Ltd, which was founded by Ms Cawley.

Toytown was placed in voluntary liquidation three months after her death and had a balance of €707,016 when creditors were paid off.

As a joint shareholder, Lillis was entitled to half that sum with the remainder going to her estate.

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