Black Widow Catherine Nevin has died after almost two decades as one of the most high profile of Irish prisoners. The 67-year-old, jailed for payin
Black Widow Catherine Nevin has died after almost two decades as one of the most high profile of Irish prisoners.
The 67-year-old, jailed for paying a hitman to murder her husband Tom in 1996, had been bedridden at a south Dublin care home after her health deteriorated in recent months.
Sources confirmed that the notorious Irish prisoner, who was understood to be suffering from a brain tumour and had undergone treatment, died on Monday night.
Nevin had been serving a life sentence for the murder of her husband Tom at Jack White’s Inn pub, Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow, in 1996.
But such was the state of her health she was released as it has been reported her cancer is incurable and she was not given much more time to live.
The Irish Prison Service refused to comment on her death when contacted by Extra.ie.
Tom Nevin was counting takings in the back room of his public house, Jack White’s, at Brittas, Co Wicklow, in the early hours of March 19, 1996 when he was shot dead at point blank range.
Catherine Nevin, who was reported to have been tied to her bed by the intruder, claimed at the time that she had raised the alarm later the same morning after freeing herself.
But on April 14, 1997, she was charged with murdering her husband and with soliciting William McClean, Gerry Heapes and John Jones to carry out the killing.
Despite protesting her innocence, Nevin, who was then dubbed ‘The Black Widow’ was jailed for life in April, 2000, for murder, and received three further seven year sentences for solicitation.
After it emerged that Jack White’s Inn had been listed by gardai as having IRA links, an attempt to overturn her conviction in the Court of Criminal Appeal citing this failed in 2003.
Just last September, Nevin was granted permission to argue in the Supreme Court that her conviction for killing her husband doesn’t prove that she did it.
She was making the argument as part of her fight to lay claim to her late husband’s €1million estate.