Saturday 16 December 2017

Dr Michael Shine to go on trial accused of indecently assaulting 16 young males

Tom Tuite

A RETIRED consultant surgeon accused of indecently assaulting 16 young males over a 26-year period was served with a book of evidence today and returned for trial.

Dr Michael Shine (80) was charged in July 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.

Dublin District Court had heard 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.”

Detective Sergeant Nicholas Kelly had 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.

A State solicitor had also explained earlier that “it is a very large case, there are eight volumes of files, 16 injured parties are referred to in the book of evidence.”

Today the 80-year-old appeared again at Dublin District Court where Judge Cormac Dunne was told that the book of evidence in the case was ready to be served on Mr Shine.

After it was handed over, Judge Dunne told Mr Shine that if he intended to rely on the defence of alibi he must notify the prosecution within 14 days and furnish the relevant names and addresses.

Mr Shine, who was wearing a cream raincoat and a grey suit, spoke quietly saying “Yes” when asked by the judge if he understood the alibi caution.

Judge Dunne then made an order sending the retired surgeon forward for trial. The case will next be listed during the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court's current term, which ends in December.

The judge also informed him that bail terms set earlier will sustain until his trial.

The proceedings have already heard that it could take until early 2014 before the Circuit Court trial goes ahead and that it was expect to last about three weeks.

Earlier, Judge Dunne had decided not to impose a signing on condition or to order Mr Shine, who has an address at Wellington Road, in Dublin 4, to surrender his passport as a condition of bail.

However, he stipulated that the retired doctor must directly inform gardai and the main investigating officer Det Inspector Patrick Marry if he plans to change his address, with 14 days advance notice.

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

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