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'Black Widow' Catherine Nevin has just months to live

Crime DeskBy Sunday World
Catherine Nevin
Catherine Nevin

'Black Widow' Catherine Nevin has been told she has just months to live after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

The 65-year-old, who is serving a life sentence for organising the murder of her husband Tom at their Co Wicklow pub, is being treated at the Mater Hospital.

The Irish Sun is reporting that Nevin was taken to the facility after telling fellow inmates she was "stressed" and suffering severe headaches.

She later got the news that her growth is inoperable.

A senior source confirmed to Independent.ie that there is nothing doctors can do for the convicted killer.

"She has been told she has only a few months to live. It will be sooner rather than later."

Ms Nevin is believed to be currently in the Mater Hospital but it is is expected that she will travel back and forth from the Dochas Women's Prison to the hospital over the coming months.

A prison officer will be stationed outside her room in the hospital as she is still classed as an inmate.

The Irish Prison Service said it "does not comment on individual prisoners".

A source told the Irish Sun: "Nevin is on her last legs and has a very serious brain tumour which the doctors can't do anything about.

"She is receiving the best treatment but she has already been told there's nothing anyone can do for her. She's so ill at the moment she can hardly move.

"She's classed as critically ill and, unfortunately for her, the tumour will only get bigger over the coming weeks and months.

"Nevin is a bit of celebrity in the hospital because of her background and notoriety and she has to undergo 24-hour care."

Nevin's husband, Tom, was shot dead in his pub, Jack White's Inn, near Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow, in 1996.

In 2000, she was convicted on three charges of soliciting others to murder Tom, following one of the most high-profile trials in the history of the State.

Her illness comes after she launched an appeal in September against a High Court decision that stops her claiming murdered Tom's €1million estate.