'All I want is justice' says wife of machete attack victim

Christopher Nevin
Christopher Nevin

The heartbroken young widow of a 27-year-old man killed in a horror machete attack, sobs: “All I want is justice for my Christopher.”

Christopher Nevin Jnr, of the Francis Park halting site in Navan, died on Friday afternoon 24 hours after he suffered horrific injuries in a savage attack by machete wielding thugs on nearby Tailltean Road.

His death stunned his pretty young wife Lisa, who broke her silence to appeal for those with information to go to the Gardaí and help bring his killers to justice.

“My Christopher was a good man,” a heartbroken Lisa sobbed in the caravan where the couple enjoyed five happy years of marriage.

“Christopher lived for his family. He was a loving husband, we were married five years in January.

“I want people to know that Christopher was a lovely person who always stood by his family. We had lots of plans. We were going to go on holidays in June and were going down to spend Christmas with my mother.

“I spoke to him that morning, but he didn’t ever get to say goodbye because he didn’t have any idea this would ever happen to him. I’m heartbroken. He was too young to go.”

Breaking down in tears, Lisa continued: “All I want for Christopher is justice. Justice won’t bring Christopher back but he needs justice for the murder he got.”

Rejecting speculation Christopher’s death was connected in any way to a feud, Lisa said: “This was definitely nothing to do with any feud.

“If anyone has any information no matter how small – please go to the Gardaí.”

Detectives investigating the horrific slaying of Christopher have outlined how he was set upon on the Tailltean Road in Navan, at approximately 2.15pm on Thursday. 

After carrying out the brutal attack, the thugs then got back into a silver car which drove off in the direction of the town centre.

Christopher was rushed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

Sources said he had lost a large amount of blood during the attack and he was suffering a cardiac arrest by the time paramedics arrived on the scene.

The scene on Tailltean Road

Christopher lost his brave battle for life on Friday afternoon.

Speaking yesterday, Christopher’s mum Mary echoed her daughter-in-law’s calls for those with knowledge of the killing to come forward.

“Christopher was a very intelligent person,” she sobbed.

“He was a good son and always there for his family. Growing up he was so full of life and if ever he needed something he would always come to me.

“Christopher was only a baby when we came to live here in Navan in 1996. He was the third of the brothers and the second youngest in the family.

“He loved his dogs, he had Chihuahuas and a Stafford Bull Terrier. He’d feed them in the mornings before he’d feed himself.

“He loved his caravan and his motors.

“The evening before it happened was the last time I saw him.

“He topped up the [electricity] meter for me and then walked up to the barrier [at the entrance to the site].

“I never thought when he walked up to that barrier that I’d never see him alive again.

“Christopher was always there to help his family when they needed anything.

“All we want now is justice for Christopher. We don’t want anything else – just justice. That’s the most important thing now, that they are caught.

“I know I’ll never see my Christopher again until I see him in heaven, but I want justice for him.”

Describing Christopher’s (right) wedding to Lisa as the “happiest day of his life”, Mary said: “That day he had his whole life ahead of him.

“I was so happy for the two of them that day. I love my children and grandchildren with all my heart.

“I never ever thought I would lose one of them.  I always prayed to God when they’d go out that God would send them home safe to me.

“But all I have left of Christopher now is memories.”

Navan’s Deputy Mayor, Cllr Wayne Forde, this week said locals were shocked and saddened by the violent death of Christopher. 

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the man and his family at this time,” he said.

“I recently made a request at a meeting of Meath County Council for 100 more gardaí in the Navan and Meath area following the huge rise in antisocial behaviour.”

Mr Forde added: “This incident shows the real need to ensure that we have more gardaí here who are fully resourced to deal with some crimes.”

Local residents said that they were horrified when they saw the victim lying on a footpath, bleeding heavily.

“I looked out my window and saw ambulance men trying to resuscitate the man who was lying down. I saw blood – it was really shocking. There were a lot of gardaí in the street,” said one local woman.

“The paramedics were working on him for a long time and I thought he was dead. They put an oxygen mask on his face and were using a drip. 

“When they put him on a stretcher and in the ambulance, they continued to work on him.

“I have been praying for him, and my family has been praying for him,” she added.

A number of other women living in the vicinity said it was a quiet neighbourhood and expressed their shock at the violent attack.

Gardaí in Navan are appealing for witnesses, anyone who was on the Tailltean Road or in the vicinity of Winetown between 1.50pm and 2.30pm on the 19th November or anyone who may have any information to contact them on 046 9079930, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.