Tuesday 25 October 2016

'I only want justice for my murdered husband', says wife of 'machete victim'

Alan O'Keeffe

Published 23/11/2015 | 07:29

The young widow of murder victim Christopher Nevin has said she wants justice for her slain husband.

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Lisa Nevin called for anyone with any information about the brutal killing to give it to the gardai.

Gardai at the scene in Navan
Gardai at the scene in Navan

Last Thursday, the 27-year-old victim was stabbed repeatedly and struck with a weapon which may have been a hatchet or a machete.

He was assaulted after he was approached by men as he stood outside a house on Tailteann Road, Windtown, Navan, on Thursday afternoon. He died the next day at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

Cllr Wayne Forde, at the scene on Tailteann Road, Navan, where a 26-year-old man stabbed
Cllr Wayne Forde, at the scene on Tailteann Road, Navan, where a 26-year-old man stabbed

His attackers fled the scene in a silver car, leaving their victim lying in a pool of blood.

Lisa and her husband were married for five years and lived in a caravan on a halting site in the town.

"Christopher lived for his family. He was a loving husband," said his widow.

He "always stood by his family," she said.

"Christopher was brutally murdered. We had lots of plans. We were going to go on holidays in June and were going down to spend Christmas with my mother.


"I spoke to him that morning, but he didn't ever get to say goodbye because he didn't have any idea this would ever happen to him.

"I'm heartbroken. He was too young to go. This all happened so fast. It wasn't Christopher's time to go. He was taken from us," she said.

She said she did not believe his death was linked to a feud.

"All I want for Christopher is justice. Justice won't bring Christopher back, but he needs justice for the murder he got.

"If anyone has any information no matter how small - please go to the gardai," she said.

The victim's mother Mary told the Sunday World that justice must be done.

"Christopher was always there to help his family when they needed anything.

"All we want now is justice for Christopher. We don't want anything else - just justice.

"That's the most important thing now, that they are caught," said the grieving mother.

"I know I'll never see my Christopher again until I see him in heaven, but I want justice for him ... All I have left of Christopher now is memories," she said.

Navan's Deputy Mayor Cllr Wayne Forde said locals were shocked and saddened by the violent death of Mr Nevin. He called for an increased garda presence in the town and said people feared his death could trigger further violence in the area.

Gardai said last night no arrests have yet been made.

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