An application to remand in custody a 43-year-old charged with the murder of Detective Garda Colm Horkan in June was granted at today’s sitting of Harristown Court in Castlerea.
Stephen Silver of Aughaward, Foxford, County Mayo was due to appear via video link before Judge Deirdre Gearty at this morning’s court sitting.
However, the court was told the accused was unable to do so as he was continuing to receive ongoing medical treatment in the Central Mental Hospital in Dublin where he is currently being detained.
An application, made by Sergeant Mark Mahon for the accused to be remanded in custody to appear before Harristown Court on August 21st, was approved by the judge.
Solicitor for the accused Martina Moran said she was anxious to receive an update on the book of evidence on behalf of her client. She said her client was still receiving ongoing medical treatment.
Sergeant Mahon said reports were awaited. He added that the Garda investigation was active. He said the book of evidence was being “completed as speedily as possible”.
The accused was first remanded in custody to Castlerea Prison on June 19th, before being transferred to the Midlands Prison and then to the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum, Dublin.
Judge Gearty requested that an update be provided from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on the book of evidence, which was to be presented to the next court sitting.