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Husband killer Catherine Nevin has died, just months after prison release

The 67 year-old ‘Black Widow’ died in a care facility in Dublin on Monday.

A woman convicted of hiring a hitman to murder her husband has died just months after being released from jail.

Catherine Nevin, dubbed the Black Widow, died in a care facility in Dublin on Monday night at the age of 67. She had been suffering from cancer.

Nevin was jailed for life in 2000 after being convicted of murdering her husband Tom Nevin in their pub, Jack White’s Inn, in Co Wicklow, on March 19 1996.

She was also convicted of soliciting others to kill him.

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Mr Nevin, 55, was found shot dead in the kitchen of his pub in a staged robbery.

His widow always maintained he had been killed by raiders. She claimed she had been tied up in bed by robbers who tore her room apart for jewellery.

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

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

By her husband’s death she stood to inherit around IR£1 million and gain control of a mini property empire.

Her husband’s family had run a legal campaign to ensure she did not inherit his estate.

In 2016 Nevin was diagnosed with a brain tumour and given only months to live.

Late last year she was granted compassionate release from prison. The remainder of her time was spent in a nursing home.

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