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'Black Widow' Nevin fights family of husband for his assets

A LEGAL dispute over the entitlement of killer Catherine Nevin to the joint assets she held with her husband Tom Nevin has been adjourned for four weeks.

The High Court is being asked to rule whether Catherine Nevin is entitled to the joint assets in view of her conviction for Mr Nevin's murder.

Patrick Nevin and Margaret Lavelle, brother and sister of Mr Nevin, asked the court to permit a preliminary hearing on admissibility of evidence from 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) 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

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.

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.

Yesterday, Mr Justice Roderick Murphy adjourned the case for mention in four weeks.