Man appears in court charged with murder of Det Garda Colm Horkan

Stephen Silver (43), with an address in Co Mayo, was remanded in custody

 Stephen Silver pictured at Castlerea District Court on Friday.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

Stephen Silver pictured at Castlerea District Court on Friday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

 

A man has appeared before a special late night court sitting charged with the murder of Det Gda Colm Horkan, who was shot to death in Castlerea, Co Roscommon.

Stephen Silver, a 43-year-old mechanic with an address at Aughavard, Foxford, Co Mayo, has been charged with the murder of the 49-year-old detective last Wednesday.

The accused man appeared before Judge Alan Mitchell at Castlerea District Court late on Friday. The court was told the suspect was arrested by Gda Helen Gillen at Castlerea Garda station at 10.17pm on Friday. She put the charge of “murder contrary to common law” to him one minute after his arrest, the court was told.

Gda Gillen, who was first on the scene in Castlerea along with Gda Aidan Fallon on Wednesday night, told the court that Mr Silver made no comment when the charge was put to him.

Mr Justice Mitchell remanded the accused in custody to appear before Harristown District Court, Castlerea, next Friday, June 26th.

Det Gda Colm Horkan was shot dead in Castlerea, Co Roscommon, on Wednesday night just before midnight.
Det Gda Colm Horkan was shot dead in Castlerea, Co Roscommon, on Wednesday night just before midnight.

Solicitor Gearoid Geraghty, for Mr Silver, asked the judge that any medical treatment required should be made available to his client in custody. He added that the results of any medical evaluation should be made available to the defence, prosecution and the court.

Mr Justice Mitchell ordered that any medical treatment required should be made available. He also instructed that the accused man should appear before the court next Friday via video link, with the agreement of Supt Goretti Sheridan and Mr Geraghty. Mr Justice Mitchell also granted a request for legal aid.

Mr Silver was brought to the court by gardaí in a Garda van and was walked into the court just after 10.30pm.

As the brief court hearing proceeded, Mr Silver had his head bowed and in his hands and arms before addressing the judge as the hearing was almost concluded.

“Absolutely unreal, unreal, I had no firearm on me,” he said aloud in the court. Mr Justice Mitchell told him he was legally represented and that anything he wanted to say could be relayed to his solicitor Mr Geraghty, who could then raise it with the court.

Det Gda Horkan, who was based in Castlerea Garda station, died at the junction of Main Street and St Patrick Street in Castlerea just before midnight last Wednesday.