Thursday 27 October 2016

Nevin family shocked as killer Black Widow stalks city streets

Catherine Nevin
Catherine Nevin

Tom Nevin's family have said they had "no idea" his killer was granted temporary release from prison this week.

'Black Widow' killer Catherine Nevin, was out of jail on day release on Wednesday so she could attend an addiction studies course in Dublin's Inchicore.

Ireland's most infamous woman prisoner went unnoticed as she walked through the city centre to Dorset Street, where she waited for a bus before attending the course.

The 62-year-old was jailed for life in April 2000 for murdering her publican husband, Tom.

Speaking to the Herald, Tom's brother Noel said the family had "heard nothing" about her impending release.

Asked if he believed she was deserving of temporary release after 15 years behind bars, he said: "I'll leave that to your own interpretation.

"I don't think we should be putting her up on a pedestal by talking about her.

"What's happened has happened, and what's going to happen is going to happen, and we have no say in it whatsoever."

Dressed casually in denim jeans, a blue fleece top and a pair of black boots, Nevin appeared relaxed and was seen smiling and laughing with a male companion.

Last July, she failed in her attempt to have her conviction overturned. However, her outing has fuelled speculation that a full release is imminent.

Her temporary release is understood to have been approved by the parole board and sanctioned by the Justice Minister.


The course is part of her pre-release plan to help her integrate back into society once freed.

Nevin's current study leave is her latest educational placement. She studied the same topic at the Mounttown Community Facility in Dun Laoghaire last October.

While attending that course she was always accompanied by prison warders.

It is understood Nevin has also been using facilities at Maynooth University in Co Kildare and Trinity College over the past few weeks.

In prison she has a job in the jail library, and likes to do makeovers on other inmates.

'Scissor Sister' Charlotte Mulhall, who is serving life for murder, regards Nevin as a close friend in jail.


picture courtesy of the Irish Mirror

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