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Monday 18 December 2017

Lillis won't have a say on Celine's will

WIFE killer Eamonn Lillis has renounced his right to administer the estate of his late wife Celine Cawley, the High Court has heard.

Lillis, who is serving a prison sentence of just under seven years for the manslaughter of Celine, has consented to his removal as the administrator of her will, Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O'Neill was told.

The judge, who was informed consent over the matter had been received late last week, made an order appointing Ms Cawley's brother Chris Cawley and sister Susanna Cawley as administrators of the deceased's estate.

The matter was mentioned briefly during yesterday's probate matters before Mr Justice O'Neill.

In January last, 52-year-old Lillis was jailed after a jury found him not guilty of murder but guilty of the manslaughter.

The couple had one child, a now 17-year-old daughter.

Following a 16-day trial, the jury found that the State failed to prove the TV advertising executive intended to murder Celine on December 15, 2008, at their home on Windgate Road, Howth, Dublin.

He received a prison sentence of six years and 11 months.

The judge said it was clear from the verdict that the jury rejected Lillis's contention he had no responsibility for his wife's death.

When passing sentence the judge told Lillis: "Your expression of remorse rings hollow to me and I consider it to be self-serving in light of the circumstances of the case. I respect you're right to plead not guilty but consider that an offer of a plea to manslaughter would have demonstrated true contrition and remorse."

The judge said he considered it appropriate to have regard to the lies told by Lillis to gardai to conceal his involvement.

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