High Court to rule on 'Black Widow' asset claim
THE High Court will rule on whether 'Black Widow' Catherine Nevin is entitled to assets jointly held with her husband Tom Nevin following her conviction for his murder.
Patrick Nevin and Margaret Lavelle, brother and sister of Mr Nevin, yesterday asked the court to allow a preliminary hearing on whether evidence at Mrs Nevin's trial is admissible in relation to her claim to a share of Mr Nevin's estate.
A date for the hearng will be set on June 25.
Catherine Nevin (61), who has always denied she had any involvement in the murder, says she is entitled to a half-share of the assets. In 2000, she was convicted of murdering her husband at their pub, Jack White's Inn near Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow, on March 19, 1996.
She was jailed for life and also received a seven-year sentence for soliciting three men to kill her husband in 1989 and 1990.
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 IR£197,000.
In 1997, Tom Nevin's mother, Nora, sought a court declaration that Catherine Nevin was not entitled to any share of her son' estate.