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Black Widow's court bid for assets adjourned

A LEGAL dispute over the entitlement of convicted murderer Catherine Nevin to assets held jointly with her husband Tom has been adjourned to November.

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

Patrick Nevin and Margaret Lavelle, brother and sister of Mr Nevin, have asked the court to permit a preliminary hearing on admissibility of evidence at Mrs Nevin's trial, and her subsequent conviction for murder, in relation to her claim.

Catherine Nevin (61), who has always denied she had any involvement in the murder, says she is entitled to a half-share of assets 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 and also received a seven-year sentence for soliciting three men to kill her husband in 1989 and 1990, six years before the murder.

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.