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Monday 18 December 2017

Nevin back in jail after murder challenge fails

Catherine Nevin arriving at the Court of Criminal Appeal. Photo: Garrett White/Collins
Catherine Nevin arriving at the Court of Criminal Appeal. Photo: Garrett White/Collins

a bid by Catherine Nevin to take an appeal against her conviction for murdering her husband to the Supreme Court has been dismissed on the basis that it contains "absolutely no points of any merit whatsoever".

In 2000 Nevin was jailed for life for the murder of her husband Tom Nevin at their pub, Jack White's Inn, near Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow, on March 19 1996.

She also received a concurrent seven year sentence for soliciting three men - William McClean, Gerry Heapes and John Jones - to kill her husband in 1989 and 1990.

Ms Nevin's solicitor Anne Fitzgibbon said yesterday that her client maintains she had no hand, act or part in her husband's murder. She had maintained this from "Day 1" and maintains it now 14 years later, Ms Fitzgibbon said.

Reaction

Nevin, who appeared before the court wearing a white blouse, black cardigan and black trousers, made little reaction to the judgment of the court.

She had sought to bring her case before the Supreme Court on the basis that it raises points of law of exceptional public importance and that it is in the public interest that these should be decided on by the Supreme Court.

The 61-year-old lost an appeal against her conviction in 2003. In 2010 she also lost an application to have her conviction declared a miscarriage of justice.

At the close of the 2010 application, the Court of Criminal Appeal ruled that garda documents known as "Suspect Antecedent History" forms relating to Mr Heapes and Mr Jones would be disclosed to Nevin's legal team. This material was not available to the defence at trial.

The court heard that a suspect history form relating to Mr McClean was only brought to the attention of the defence by a newspaper article, published eight years after Nevin was jailed for life.

The document lists William McClean's associates as members of illegal and paramilitary organisations, including the INLA and Provisional IRA. However, Mr McClean emphatically denied during the trial that he had any links to paramilitary organisations.

Returning judgment yesterday, Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman said there was "absolutely no points of any merit whatsoever" in the application.

Delivering an extemporary judgment Mr Justice Hardiman said Nevin's case had been "immensely long running" and had been "entertained" by the court at "patient and perhaps excessive length".

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