Friday 20 July 2018

Eight indecent assault charges against Michael Shine dropped

Michael Shine.
Michael Shine.

Sonya McLean

A RETIRED consultant surgeon accused of indecently assaulting young males over a 26-year-period has had eight of the charges dropped following judicial review in the High Court.

Dr Michael Shine (83) had faced 33 charges at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court of indecent assault against 22 alleged victims. The earliest charges relate to events in 1964.

Today Kathleen Noctor BL, prosecuting told Judge Melanie Greally that the Director of Public Prosecutions was withdrawing eight charges of indecent assault against Dr Shine following the decision in the High Count.

She said the State intended to re-enter the counts again at a later stage and proceed with the prosecution against him. Dr Shine is due to stand trial next year on the 25 remaining charges of indecent assault.

Judge Greally discharged Dr Shine from the indictment in relation to the eight counts as indicated by counsel.

Dr Shine of Wellington House, Wellington Road, Dublin 4 was initially charged with 36 counts of indecent assault which allegedly occurred from 1964 until 1990, at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co. Louth and at a clinic in the same county. Three charges had been dropped in March 2014.

Dublin District Court previously 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.”

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