Man charged with murder of garda remains in Central Mental Hospital

Stephen Silver (43) accused of fatal shooting of Detective Garda Colm Horkan in Castlerea

Stephen Silver: charged with the murder of Detective Garda Colm Horkan. Photograph: Michael McCormack/PA Wire

Stephen Silver: charged with the murder of Detective Garda Colm Horkan. Photograph: Michael McCormack/PA Wire

 

A 43-year-old man charged with the murder of Detective Garda Colm Horkan is medically unwell and unable to attend court for a period of two weeks, a court has heard.

Harristown District Court was told Stephen Silver, a mechanic with an address at Aughaward, Foxford, Co Mayo, is currently being detained in the Central Mental Hospital (CMH) in Dublin, where he is receiving ongoing psychiatric treatment.

He was first remanded in custody to Castlerea Prison on June 19th, before being transferred to the Midlands Prison and then on to the CMH.

Det Garda Horkan (49), who was based in Castlerea Garda station, died on June 17th at the junction of Main Street and St Patrick Street in the town after he was shot while responding to an incident.

Mr Silver’s solicitor, Gearoid Geraghty, told the court on Friday his client is “medically unwell” and needs to receive ongoing psychiatric treatment as an inpatient.

Mr Geraghty said he is unsure on what basis his client is currently detained. A forensic psychiatric report is being undertaken by a professional at the CMH, he said.

Sergeant Mark Mahon told the court that a number of detectives and officers have been assigned to the case and the matter is being “investigated speedily”.

Judge Alan Mitchell requested that the reason for Mr Silver’s detention at the hospital be set out before his next hearing.

He remanded the accused in custody to appear before Harristown Court via video link on July 24th for service of the book of evidence.