Ex-medic loses sex case after failing to defend it
A MAN who claims he was sexually abused by former hospital consultant Michael Shine has won his civil-assault case because Mr Shine failed to enter a defence.
The case is one of the lead cases of more than 80 civil-assault claims filed against Mr Shine by former patients.
On Monday, High Court Judge Mr Justice Iarflaith O'Neill granted a judgment against Mr Shine because he failed to defend the claim by the now 37-year-old man.
Mr Shine, who last year told the High Court that he was of limited means and had written to former health minister Mary Harney seeking to be indemnified from scores of claims by former male patients, was not present in court for the brief hearing.
In the action, Mr Shine's former patient had complained that he was sexually molested on three separate occasions in 1994 by Mr Shine at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda and at Mr Shine's former private clinic at Fair Street in the town.
The case will now proceed for damages to be assessed by a judge.
Mr Shine (79) retired in 1995 on a full pension from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.
He was struck off the medical register in 2008.