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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    Yes, it is the same Nora Wall.
    I know from postings by members here that Nora Wall had plenty to answer for, but that doesn't mean that her trial was not a travesty.

    I doubt that I'd find Catherine Nevin a kindred spirit either, but she has a right to a fair trial and a fair appeal process.
    Agreed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    Yes, it is the same Nora Wall.
    I know from postings by members here that Nora Wall had plenty to answer for, but that doesn't mean that her trial was not a travesty.

    I doubt that I'd find Catherine Nevin a kindred spirit either, but she has a right to a fair trial and a fair appeal process.

    Agreed, and I'm not a softie.

    Every innocent person in prison means a guilty person out walking the streets.

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    Update:-

    THE COURT of Criminal Appeal is expected to issue a key ruling today regarding Catherine Nevin’s final attempt to have her murder conviction declared a miscarriage of justice.

    Ms Nevin is seeking to access a Garda file which her legal team says could cast doubt on the credibility of a State witness who gave evidence during her trial.

    She is serving a life sentence for the murder of her husband Tom at their pub, Jack White’s Inn, Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow, in March 1996. She was also convicted of soliciting three men – Gerry Heapes, William McClean and John Jones – to kill her husband. The three judges of the court are expected to make a ruling on whether a Garda file relating to Mr McClean should be disclosed, and whether it is relevant to Ms Nevin’s grounds for appeal.

    Ms Nevin’s lawyers say this file or “suspect antecedent form” shows Mr McClean had associations with members of the IRA and INLA.

    This document, they have argued, represents a “newly discovered fact”, and they maintain its existence was only brought to their attention through a newspaper article published eight years after their client was jailed for life.
    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...274035960.html

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    Thanks ang.

    In their statement of grounds for appeal, Ms Nevin’s legal team have argued that the unavailability of these files could have played a crucial role in affecting the minds of the jury, and this rendered the trial so flawed that the conviction of murder was a miscarriage of justice.
    The principal investigating officer in the murder case, Det Sgt Fergus O’Brien, told the three-judge appeal court earlier this year the file was “worthless”. It held details on Mr McClean and “his buddies”, but he said it had “no intelligence value”.
    Ms Nevin’s appeal suffered a blow this year when the court refused to grant disclosure of other information which her legal team claimed could undermine the credibility of the three State witnesses in the case.
    Her lawyers had sought access to material relating to the Barron Inquiry into the 1974 Dublin-Monaghan bombings. This material, they said, made reference to an unnamed man who had links with the UVF and was staying in the Four Courts Hotel in Dublin ahead of the bombings.
    Nevin’s legal team have said before the Court of Criminal Appeal this was a reference to McClean. The court declined a production order.
    Ms Nevin’s lawyers are seeking an order requiring the Director of Public Prosecutions to answer whether Mr McClean, Mr Heapes and Mr Jones were ever State informers, and whether Mr McClean had paramilitary connections.
    In a previous post, it says that the file had a large number of entries. This Appeal was supposed to resume in March. It's a long, slow process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    Why was the man pointed at in the Barron Report (unless I have it wrong?) for association with the Dublin and Monaghan bombings acting as a police informer in the Nevin case ? And why is he associated with Sinn Fein ?

    Why is this woman in jail ?

    And why is everyone ignoring it ?

    Its just not good enough to say "We'll never know". I've heard that said by senior Gardai about Omagh and about Dublin and Monaghan.

    How do they know that we'll never know ?
    Maybe because they know, and at all costs the public need to be prevented from knowing, even if it means keeping a Woman who might not be guilty in jail?

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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    Catherine Nevin's Appeal has started today. Since the beginning of her trial, nothing has looked right about this business -


    In the Catherine Nevin case, an appalling vista emerges in terms of the Garda role.
    Great news and thank you for posting this story.
    I have always felt this case to be a v.strange one.

    The media coverage at the time was sloppy,judgemental and sensationalist in the extreme.

    I await the outcome of the appeal.

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    Catherine gets access to Garda files [rumour no link yet]
    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...reaking12.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Field Marshal View Post
    Catherine gets access to Garda files [rumour no link yet]
    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...reaking12.html
    Ah! I've been hunting high and low. Nothing out there yet.

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    Thanks ang - confirmed that Catherine Nevin will get access to two Garda "informer" files.

    http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/n...es-464263.html


    Lawyers for Catherine Nevin have won access to Garda files they claim discredit prosecution witnesses at her murder trial.



    The Court of Criminal Appeal granted her lawyers access to two garda files relating to chief prosecution witnesses Gerry Heapes and John Jones.

    Along with William McLean, these are the men Nevin was convicted of soliciting to murder her husband.

    Her lawyers says these newly disclosed Garda files show that Heapes and Jones were suspects in the Tom Nevin murder investigation and therefore had every reason to collude together and lie.

    The 55-year-old is trying to overturn her 10-year-old conviction for killing her husband Tom at Jack White's Pub in Wicklow as a miscarriage of justice.


    What about the McClean file ???

    It would be much appreciated if anyone who is at the Court today would post to clarify what happened.



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    There's an Irish Times report on Adrian Hardiman's judgement on this

    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...reaking12.html

    It is hard to follow - it is clear that Heapes and Jones appear to have been suspects, as well as witnesses for the prosection, and that their files will be provided to Catherine Nevin.

    Today, the three-judge appeal court heard there were 106 “separate, suspect forms” over which privilege was being claimed. The court said, having regard “to strong statements” made as about the documents’ value, it was ordering their disclosure as they relate to Mr Heapes and Mr Jones.
    It said the two “very brief forms” were to be disclosed in “full form”.
    The court adjourned briefly to allow Ms Nevin’s legal team examine the documents.
    Hugh Harnett SC, for Nevin, said it was clear the “suspect forms” were relevant to his clients application, as they identified Mr Heapes and Mr Jones as “suspects” in the investigation of Mr Nevin’s murder, and that this “contradicted” previous evidence that these forms were for “mere jottings”.
    Its much less clear on McClean.

    But look at this -

    An earlier hearing of Ms Nevin’s bid to have her conviction declared a miscarriage of justice, heard Garda evidence that a “suspect antecedent history” file in respect of Mr McClean was a “worthless” document with “no intelligence value”.

    Lawyers for Nevin say this document was only brought to their attention by a newspaper article, published eight years after their client was jailed for life. It lists William McClean’s associates as members of illegal and paramilitary organisations, including the INLA and Provisional IRA.

    Mr McClean’s “emphatically” denied “three times” during the trial that he had any links to paramilitary organisations but her lawyers say the availability of this form in the year 2000, “might have suggested a new line of inquiry”.

    The CCA heard it was “accepted” not making this material available ten years ago was an “oversight” and that it wasn’t known “what other oversights there may have been”.

    Tom O’Connell SC, for the DPP, said the existence of so many forms, “supports” the view they were collated for “persons of interest”. He said it “cannot be” that 106 people were “real suspects” in the investigation. Counsel for the State said “the proof” of this “was in the pudding” in that Mr McClean was “never arrested”.

    The court was told the forms “were not evidence” and did not contain any evidence, and that the “weight” attaching to them was “overstated” because of their “unfortunate” titles.

    Lawyers for Nevin also argue that a “newly discovered fact” of “crucial” importance was the evidence of Philip Tobin who gave a sworn affadavit that he was asked to provide Brian Capper, an associate of Mr Heapes with an alibi on the night Tom Nevin was murdered.
    The court heard this approach took place “in the presence” of Mr Heapes.

    The CCA adjourned its decision in the case. Mr Justice Hardiman said “in the prevailing circumstances”, it was “not possible” to “formulate a coherent judgement” at this stage.

    The court said it hopes to deliver its decision on the matter soon.
    I sincerely hope it does. She's been in jail for 8 years now.
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    From Newstalks' website -
    Today it emerged gardai had 106 documents on suspects as part of the investigation into the murder of her husband Tom back in 1996.
    The Court of Criminal Appeal has found 104 of the documents are privileged but the 2 remaining garda files that have now been handed over to her lawyers relate to Gerry Heapes and John Jones.
    These are the two men who along with William McLean that Catherine Nevin was convicted of soliciting to murder her husband.
    They were the key prosecution witnesses against the ‘black widow’ at her trial
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    Now her counsel Hugh Hartnett says these newly disclosed garda files show that Heapes and Jones were suspects in the murder and therefore had every reason to collude together and lie.
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    I missed this, last month in the Sunday Mirror

    BLACK Widow Catherine Nevin turned down a deal with State lawyers that could have seen her serve just three years in jail.

    An Irish Sunday Mirror investigation reveals prosecutors feared they would not get a conviction, and offered to drop the murder charge if she pleaded guilty to lesser crimes.
    But Nevin, 58, who has always claimed she is innocent of soliciting her husband's murder, refused.
    A source close to her appeal claims Nevin was offered a potential plea deal on the eve of her marathon trial in Dublin's Central Criminal Court.
    Lawyers for the State offered to drop the murder charge, which carries a mandatory life sentence on conviction, if she pleaded guilty to soliciting three men to kill her husband, Tom.
    Friends of Nevin said: "She would not hear of taking a plea to the charge and the fact she was offered it shows how unsure the State was of its case.
    "It has been difficult for Catherine, but she has always maintained her innocence."
    Tom Nevin was blasted to death inside the couple's pub, Jack White's Inn, on St Patrick's weekend in 1996.
    The 54-year-old publican was counting the bar's takings when he was shot once with a shotgun in the chest, killing him almost instantly. Nevin was jailed in April, 2000, for murder, and received three further seven year sentences for solicitation.
    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m.../ai_n54123004/

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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    I missed this, last month in the Sunday Mirror



    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m.../ai_n54123004/
    After all the yards of hysterical reportage from the time of her trial, so far RTE has had nothing to say about today's events at the Court of Appeal.

    No comment from Sinn Fein either, even though two of the witnesses against her (Heapes and Jones) were members of the same SF branch.
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    The Irish Times Report on this is still unclear about what has been released and what has been withheld.

    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...274101807.html

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    The Examiner's Caroline O'Doherty writes a page on the Appeal Court hearing - all about Catherine Nevin's hair.....


    In her well-pressed black trouser suit, crisp-collared white blouse with faint pinstripe pattern, black boots with pointed toes and minimal make-up confined mainly to her eyes, she seemed to have decided on a look that said smart, respectful and sufficiently solemn to reflect the seriousness of the occasion.

    But it was an occasion and Catherine can’t resist a little bling when she’s out and about, however restrictive out may be. So a gold disc hung around her neck, a wide band encased her ring finger and a large bracelet jangled from each wrist.

    And then there was the hair. It’s still blonde, though perhaps a shade more strawberry than a decade ago, and it’s still clearly her pride and joy.

    Backcombed at the back to create an illusion of height, smoothed sleek at the front to give it lustre, it tumbled down over her shoulders in layers, reaching halfway down her back at the longest point, the ends softly curled for bounce.

    Pamela Anderson would be looking for tips had she seen it.

    It hardly moved throughout its owner’s 100 minutes in court but then neither did Catherine.
    Read more: http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland...#ixzz0stXiRKIs

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