Catherine Nevin case over husband's assets adjourned


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

An application to have her previously unsuccessful appeal against conviction referred to the Supreme Court on a point of public importance is pending before the Court of Criminal Appeal.

Mr Nevin died without making a will. His assets included Jack White’s pub, which was jointly owned, and sold by his widow in late 1997 for £620,000. Mr Nevin also owned properties at Mayfield Road, Dublin, and Mountshannon Road, Dublin, and he had a policy with Irish Life Assurance for almost £78,000. He also had a bank account of about £197,000.

The High Court is being asked to rule whether 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 from the murder trial in relation to her claim to a share in the deceased’s estate.

Nevin (61), who has denied any involvement in the murder, says she is entitled to a half share of assets jointly owned by her and her husband.