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'Black Widow' Catherine Nevin dies aged 67

Catherine Nevin was given a life sentence in 2000 for the murder of her husband

A WOMAN nicknamed the 'Black Widow' after orchestrating the murder of her husband in Co Wicklow more than two decades ago has died.

Catherine Nevin died aged 67 at a care facility in Dublin on Monday night after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

She was jailed for life in 2000 having been convicted of murdering her husband, and was also convicted of soliciting others to kill him.

Tom Nevin was killed during a staged robbery at their pub, Jack White's Inn, near Brittas Bay, in the early hours of March 19 1996.

Between 1989 and 1990 she approached three men – William McClean, Gerry Heapes and John Jones – asking them to murder her husband.

While they declined, she did successfully find someone else willing to do it.

The trial that led to her conviction attracted huge media attention and included five days of deliberations – the longest in the history of the Republic at the time.

She had always denied any involvement in the murder, but her appeals against her conviction failed.

In 2003 she lost an appeal against her conviction, and in 2010 she also lost an application to have her conviction declared a miscarriage of justice.

She recently launched a legal challenge to a High Court ruling that prevented her inheriting any of her late husband's estate.

Her husband's siblings had run a lengthy legal campaign to ensure she did not inherit the estate.

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