Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 29 November 2014

Irish wife-killer ‘is worth €2m’

Irish wife-killer Eamonn Lillis will be worth in the region of €2m when he is released from prison, even though the woman he killed earned the vast bulk of the fortune.

Lillis changed his will shortly before his Dublin Central Criminal Court trial began to ensure his daughter and his two sisters will inherit everything if he dies.

Under the Republic’s 1965 Succession Act, the 52-year-old cannot inherit Celine Cawley's estate because he killed her. But he will be able to keep a half-share of everything the couple owned together. This includes the €1.5m home in Howth, Co Dublin, where he killed his wife; a holiday home in France; and another €500,000 property in Sutton.

It also includes whatever money was held in the couple's joint bank accounts.

And he will get €359,000 in cash from the couple's film production company Toytown.

Lillis is to be sentenced on Thursday after being found guilty of the manslaughter of his wife. He had pleaded not guilty to her murder.

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