Nevin facing charges of having phone in jail
DISTRICT COURT CONVICTED MURDERESS YET TO ENTER PLEA
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.