Friday 20 April 2018

Funeral of Black Widow Catherine Nevin has taken place in Dublin

Catherine Nevin Photo: Damien Eagers
Catherine Nevin Photo: Damien Eagers

Kyle Ewald

Killer Catherine Nevin - known as the Black Widow - was cremated yesterday in a small, private ceremony in west Dublin it has emerged.

According to reports, the short religious service was conducted by a priest and attended by a small group of the convicted killer’s family, friends, and former prison mates.

The funeral took place at Newlands Cross crematorium in west Dublin.

The arrangements were kept under wraps all week to prevent media attention, the Irish Daily Star reports.

Catherine Nevin with husband Tom Nevin
Catherine Nevin with husband Tom Nevin

Two years after being diagnosed with a brain tumour, Nevin (67) died at a hospice in the Beaumont area of Dublin last Monday night.

She had been on temporary release from the Dóchas Centre women’s prison since last August , following being granted full-time compassionate leave due to her need of end-of-life care that could not be provided in prison.

Nevin was convicted in 2000 for one of  the most high-profile murders in Ireland. She was found guilty for paying a hitman to kill her husband at their business, Jack White’s pub in Co. Wicklow in March, 1996.

The hitman then tied up Nevin in an effort to disguise the incident as a robbery.

Catherine Nevin photographed during her trial in 2000
Catherine Nevin photographed during her trial in 2000

Details of Nevin’s attempts to solicit three men to murder her husband emerged during the trial, but she never revealed who pulled the trigger.

The Black Widow was charged with murder in April 1997 and found guilty in August 2000 following a 42-day trial.

Nevin protested her innocence till her death and never revealed the identity of the hitman she hired. She will now take the secret of who killed her husband to her grave.

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