Retired surgeon (80) to stand trial on indecent assault charges


RETIRED CONSULTANT surgeon Dr Michael Shine is to stand trial accused of indecently assaulting 16 young males over three decades.

Dr Shine (80), of Wellington Road, Dublin, was charged yesterday with 25 counts of indecent assault which allegedly occurred from the 1960s until the mid-1980s, at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth, and at a clinic in the town.

Det Garda Sgt Nicholas Kelly told Judge Cormac Dunne at Dublin District Court that the retired surgeon replied “not guilty” after caution when 24 of the charges were put to him.

His response to one other charge was: “Not guilty, I was not in Ireland at the time.”

Dr Shine had been arrested at Parkgate Street, near the courthouse, for the purpose of being charged.

He remained seated and silent for most of the brief hearing.

Det Sgt Kelly said the DPP has directed that the retired doctor is to face a Circuit Court trial, meaning his case will go before a judge and jury.

The detective asked for a remand to allow time for the book of evidence to be completed.

He also asked for bail conditions to be imposed compelling the former surgeon to sign on at a Garda station once a week, to surrender his passport and to not apply for a new one.

He also asked for an order compelling Dr Shine to notify the senior investigating officer, Det Insp Patrick Marry, if he had plans to live at any other location in the jurisdiction.

Defence solicitor Bobby Eagar objected to the signing-on conditions being imposed as well as the Garda request for Dr Shine to surrender his passport.

Mr Eagar said Dr Shine planned to go on holidays to the Canary Islands in August for a couple of months.

He argued that the conditions sought were unfair, adding that it could take until early 2014 before his client’s Circuit Court trial goes ahead.

He also said it was expected that the trial would last about three weeks.

Mr Eagar said the conditions sought were onerous for an 80- year-old man “who has never had to do that before and is not a flight risk”.

Judge Dunne decided not to impose the signing-on condition or to order Mr Shine to surrender his passport.

However, he stipulated that he must directly inform gardaí and the main investigating officer, Det Insp Marry, if he planned to change address, with 14 days advance notice.

Judge Dunne also said it was equally important that the retired surgeon would have to give them seven days’ notice if he had intentions of leaving Ireland and advise them of his departure and return dates.

Dr Shine spoke once during the brief hearing, replying “yes” when asked if he understood the terms.

He was then remanded on bail in his own bond of €5,000 and was ordered to appear again in October when he is to be served with a book of evidence and returned for trial.