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Ex-garda who denied 'Black Widow' affair dies of cancer

A FORMER garda inspector who was forced to deny having an affair with notorious killer Catherine Nevin prior to the murder of her husband has died.

Tom Kennedy, a 77-year-old retired senior garda, originally from Camp, in Co Kerry, died on Tuesday afternoon at his home in Wicklow town.

It is understood he was being treated for cancer.

The father-of-three was a high-profile witness in the murder trial of the so-called 'Black Widow' and was forced to deny numerous claims during the hearings in 2000 that he was having an affair with Nevin in the years before the killing of her publican husband.

During the trial, workers at the landmark pub told how Kennedy would frequent Jack White's "every morning".

One witness claimed to have seen Kennedy "in Catherine's bed". The witness said: "From what I seen, Tom didn't have any shirt on him."

A number of gardai attached to local stations also told the murder trial how they observed Kennedy's silver Renault car parked at the rear of Jack White's during the night on numerous occasions.

Nearing the end of the dramatic trial, on day 20, Kennedy took the stand and refuted allegations of an affair with Nevin saying he "wasn't into that".

Kennedy retired from the service in 1994, two months short of 40 years' service.

In 2000, Nevin was found guilty of the murder of her publican husband Tom Nevin at the pub in 1996, as well as soliciting three men to kill him.

In a subsequent newspaper interview, Mr Kennedy's wife, Mary, said she believed Nevin had destroyed her marriage and said she was not on speaking terms with her husband.

He will be buried at Rathnew cemetery tomorrow morning after 10am mass at St Patrick's Church, Wicklow.

He is survived by his three children TP, Noel and Una and wife Mary.