Sunday 24 September 2017

High Court to rule on whether Catherine Nevin entitled to joint assets

Tim Healy

THE High Court has been asked to rule on whether Catherine Nevin is entitled to the joint assets she held with her husband Tom Nevin in view of her conviction for his murder.

Patrick Nevin and Margaret Lavelle, brother and sister of Mr Nevin, have asked the court to permit a preliminary hearing on admissibility of evidence at Mrs Nevin's trial, and her subsequent conviction for murder, in relation to her claim to a share in the deceased's estate.



Catherine Nevin (61), who has always denied she had any involvement in the murder, says she is entitled to a half-share of assets jointly owned by her and her husband.



In 2000, she was convicted of murdering him at their pub, Jack White's Inn near Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow, on March 19, 1996.



She was jailed for life on that charge and also received a seven year sentence for soliciting three men to kill her husband in 1989 and 1990, six years before the murder.



Her appeal against conviction was dismissed in 2003 while other challenges, including a bid to have her case declared a miscarriage of justice, were also rejected.



The late Mr Nevin died without making a will.



His assets included Jack White's pub, which was jointly owned, and sold by his widow in late 1997 for IR£620,000.



Mr Nevin also owned properties at Mayfield Road, Dublin, and Mountshsannon Road, Dublin, and he had a policy with Irish Life Assurance for almost IR£78,000. He also had a bank account of about £197,000.



In 1997, Mr Nevin's mother, Nora, sought a court declaration that Catherine Nevin was not entitled to any share of Mr Nevin's estate.

After her death, her son Patrick and his sister Margaret continued the proceedings.



In 2007, Patrick, of Loughrea, Galway, and Margaret, of Craughwell, also Galway, obtained a High Court order that around €20,000 from rent on the two Dublin properties held in a credit union account be transferred to them as executors of their brother's estate.



Further proceedings under the Succession Act dealing with Mrs Nevin's entitlements to the estate were deferred.



Today, lawyers for both sides told Ms Justice Mary Laffoy it had been agreed that application for a hearing on whether evidence from her trial is admissible in the estate case should be adjourned to June 25 when a date can be set for a hearing of the matter. The court was told it should take a day to hear.



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