Nevin fac­ing charges of hav­ing phone in jail

DISTRICT COURT CON­VICTED MUR­DER­ESS YET TO EN­TER PLEA

Bray People - - News -

CATHER­INE NEVIN was back be­fore the courts last week as she was charged with the of­fence of pos­sess­ing a mo­bile phone in prison.

In 2000 Nevin re­ceived a life sen­tence dur­ing one of the most highly pub­li­cised and ex­plo­sive mur­der cases ever heard in the State. She was found guilty of mur­der­ing her hus­band, Tom, at Jack Whites Inn four years ear­lier. She was also found unan­i­mously guilty of so­lic­it­ing oth­ers to mur­der him.

On Wed­nes­day Nevin made a brief ap­pear­ance be­fore Dublin District Court and signed a court bond of €100 . She has yet to en­ter a plea to the charge fac­ing her and was granted le­gal aid.

Tough new prison laws re­gard­ing the use of mo­bile phones in prison were in­tro­duced last year af­ter it was found that crim­i­nals locked up were us­ing their own pri­vate phones to di­rect ac­tiv­i­ties on the out­side.

If found guilty, Nevin could have an ad­di­tional five years added to her life sen­tence or re­ceive a fine of up to €10,000. She is charged with one count of pos­sess­ing a mo­bile phone without per­mis­sion of the gov­er­nor of Dochas, Moun­tjoy women’s prison.

Mr. Jus­tice Cor­mac Dunne di­rected all state­ments to be fur­nished to the de­fen­dant and re­manded her to ap­pear be­fore Dublin District Court on De­cem­ber 10.

Nevin is also try­ing to have her con­vic­tion for mur­der­ing her hus­band de­clared a mis­car­riage of jus­tice.

A high-pro­file Fine Gael coun­cil­lor and medic, Dr. Bill Tormey, is also in­volved in the mo­bile phone scan­dal.

Texts be­long­ing to him were found in Nevin’s phone and he was ques­tioned un­der cau­tion by the Na­tional Bureau of Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion abut the in­ci­dent in Au­gust.

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