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Mountjoy Makeover for Black Widow Nevin

Crime DeskBy Patrick O'Connell
Catherine Nevin
Catherine Nevin

BLACK WIDOW Catherine Nevin has undergone a drastic ‘Mountjoy Makeover’.

Three weeks after we pictured her shuffling to a train station in Phibsborough, the 64-year-old emerged from the prison this week with her hair done up in a French braid and sporting an all-black ensemble set off by designer shades and a black handbag.

Nevin was said to have flown into a fury last month when she was shown the images we captured of her walking the streets of Dublin wearing scruffy denim jeans and a green long-sleeved top.

“You have to realise that, in Nevin’s mind, time hasn’t moved on and she still sees herself as the glamorous pub owner who was jailed 16 years ago,” a source told the Sunday World.

“She was raging that the country would have seen her as a broken woman and vowed that it wouldn’t happen again.

“After the pictures appeared in the paper, she had her dyed in the Dochas Centre’s beauty salon and went shopping for a load of new clobber.

“She normally enjoys the limelight, but the pictures really got to her.”

The scheming femme fatale again refused to acknowledge our team as she emerged from the front gates of Mountjoy on Thursday, but sources say she seemed almost pleased that someone had photographed her this time.

 “It’s always been about appearances for Catherine,” the source continued.

“People say she never admitted killing her husband Tom because she wants the estate, but she also wants that element of doubt to remain so she can portray this image of a woman wronged.”

Nevin is back on the streets to attend a college course at Maynooth University.

Sources have revealed that she agreed to take the course in the hopes that by complying with the parole board recommendation to do so, she will increase her chance of full release from prison next year.

Despite her conviction for Tom Nevin’s murder, she has never taken responsibility for her role in the killing, and continues to fight for a share in his substantial estate.

She was charged with murder in April 1997 and found guilty in August 2000.

Nevin also got a seven-year sentence for soliciting three men to kill her husband.

The jury’s decision to find her guilty was ultimately based on the evidence of three men – William McClean, John Jones and Gerard Heapes – who said they were solicited by Nevin to kill her husband.

In June, it emerged that she had signed up one of the world’s most high-profile human rights lawyers in a fresh bid to have her murder conviction thrown out.

She will be represented by Michael Mansfield, the London-based barrister who defended the Birmingham Six and Guildford Four.