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Convicted Lillis takes €345,000 as wife's company dissolved

Papers filed with the CRO show that the late Celine Cawley’s company has been wound down – with her husband gaining.

Eamonn Lillis was sentenced to seven years in prison for the manslaughter of his wife Celine Cawley.
Eamonn Lillis was sentenced to seven years in prison for the manslaughter of his wife Celine Cawley.
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PAPERS FILED with the Companies Registration Office show that the company managed by the late Celine Cawley has been dissolved – with her killer, husband Eamonn Lillis, benefiting handsomely.

Toytown Productions Ltd, the company behind Toytown Films of which Cawley was managing director, was wound down with assets of €754,511, according to documents accessed by the Irish Daily Star.

Lillis – who was found guilty of Cawley’s manslaughter in January 2010, and is currently serving a seven-year sentence – is to receive around €345,000 of those assets, Patrick O’Connell writes.

His payment is likely to be challenged by the family of his late wife, however, with her sister Susanna leading the charge to win control of her estate.

She has previously asked for funds in the couple’s joint account to be released to her family, and claims that utility services in the family home were left unattended after Lillis’s conviction – meaning the couple’s daughter, now 18, was left without domestic services.

Cawley was beaten to death on the porch of their home in Howth in December 2008.

Read more in the print edition of today’s Irish Daily Star >

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