Dr Michael Shine gains High Court permission to challenge trial
RETIRED consultant surgeon Dr Michael Shine has got High Court permission to bring a challenge to his trial on charges of indecently assaulting 22 young males over a 26-year period.
Dr Shine (80), who denies all the charges, claims he cannot get a fair trial because there was lengthy delay before charges were brought.
It is also claimed that he has been prejudiced by the large amount of media coverage he has received.
Dr Shine of Wellington House, Wellington Road, Dublin 4, is charged with 25 counts of indecent assault which allegedly occurred from 1964 until 1990 at Our Lady's Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth, and at a clinic in the same county.
He was charged in the District Court last July with 25 counts concerning 16 young males and later charges in relation to another six alleged victims were added.
His prosecution is due to mentioned before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court later this year. It had been expected his trial would be given a start date sometime in 2014.
Permission to bring the challenge was granted today Mr Justice Michael Peart.
The judge also put a stay on Dr Shine's trial pending the conclusion of his High Court action.