Friday, September 04, 2020

A file in the case of the man accused of the murder of a Mayo Garda is expected to be with the Director of Public Prosecution’s (DPP’s) office next week, Harristown Court in Castlerea was informed this morning.

Stephen Silver is charged with the murder of Detective Garda Colm Horkan.

Detective Garda Colm Horkan (49), who was based at 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 in the town.

43-year-old Stephen Silver, a mechanic with an address at Aughaward, Foxford, County Mayo, was arrested at the scene. The court was told the accused was unable to attend court this morning as he is still receiving treatment at the Central Mental Hospital in Dublin.

The late Detective Garda Colm Horkan.

For the sixth time, Mr Silver was deemed medically unfit to attend the court. Solicitor for the accused Martina Moran said her client was continuing to receive ongoing psychiatric treatment “and will be there for the near future”.

Sergeant Mark Mahon said the Book of Evidence was being served and requested the accused be further remanded in custody to appear before Harristown Court on September 18 next. He said he expected a file would be with the DPP’s office next week.

At a previous hearing, the court was told Gardai had taken 200 statements and were making enquiries with a witness in Australia as part of their investigation into the fatal shooting of Detective Horkan, a native of Charlestown.

The accused was first remanded in custody to Castlerea Prison on June 19, before being transferred to the Midlands Prison and then to the Central Mental Hospital in Dublin.

Judge James Faughnan granted the Garda application for the accused to appear at Harristown Court on September 18.

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