Friday, August 21, 2020

Gardai have taken 200 statements and are currently making inquiries with a witness in Australia as part of their investigation into the fatal shooting of Detective Garda Colm Horkan, Harristown Court heard this morning.

Det Gda Horkan (49), who was based in Castlerea Garda station, died on June 17 at the junction of Main Street and St Patrick Street in the town after he was shot while responding to an incident. Stephen Silver (43), a mechanic with an address at Aughaward, Foxford, County Mayo, was arrested at the scene.

Mechanic Stephen Silver who is charged with Detective Garda Colm Horkan’s murder.

For the fifth time Mr Silver was deemed medically unfit to attend a court sitting at Harristown, Co Roscommon. The court heard he remains at the Central Mental Hospital in Dublin, where he is receiving ongoing psychiatric treatment and has been prescribed anti-psychotic medication.

Sergeant Paddy McGirl told the court he is “confident” the book of evidence will be complete within two weeks. He said it is a “substantial” document, with gardai having taken 200 statements, 250 exhibits, and 70 separate segments of CCTV footage. He also said investigators are making inquiries with a witness in Australia and a number of outstanding reports are expected this week.

The sergeant made an application from Mr Silver to be remanded in custody to appear before Harristown Court on September 4. Judge Deirdre Gearty granted the application.

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