Phone charge ‘moot’ if Nevin appeal succeeds
COURT ACCUSED OF HAVING MOBILE PHONE IN DOCHAS PRISON
THE legal team for ‘ Black Widow’ Catherine Nevin are claiming that a prosecution against her for the illegal possession of a mobile phone in prison would be ‘ moot’ if an appeal against a conviction for murdering her husband Tom is successful.
On Wednesday she reappeared before Dublin District Court where she faces a mobile phone possession charge which could see her fined up to € 10,000 or result in her life sentence extended by an additional five years.
Her solicitor, Ann Fitzgibbon, sought an adjournment until a Court of Criminal Appeal against her murder conviction was heard first.
While seeking the adjournment, Ms Fitzgibbon claimed that any prosecution for the mobile phone would be ‘ moot’ if the murder appeal proved successful.
The Office of Public Prosecution also sought a a separate adjournment to facilitate compliance with orders for discov- ery made at Nevin’s first court appearance two weeks ago.
She is charged with the possession of a mobile phone without permission at Dochas, the women’s prison at Mountjoy. She has yet to enter a plea.
Judge William Early adjourned the matter to Bridewell District Court on January 21. Her appeal will be heard two days prior to that, January 19.
An application for an order made on her behalf requires the DPP to answer whether three witnesses at her trial - William McClean, John Jones or Gerard Heapes - were ever state informers or if Mr. McClean had paramilitary connections.
The documents being sought include material on the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. The appeal is expected to take a day and a half.
Nevin was convicted of her husbands murder at Jack Whites in April 2000 after one of the most sensational cases the state has ever heard.