Friday 22 February 2019

Retired surgeon accused of indecently assaulting seven boys under his care

17/01/19 Michael Shine (86) of Ballsbridge, Dublin has pleaded not guilty to the thirteen charges allegedly committed during medical examinations at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth and at two private clinics in Drogheda. Pic Collins Courts
17/01/19 Michael Shine (86) of Ballsbridge, Dublin has pleaded not guilty to the thirteen charges allegedly committed during medical examinations at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth and at two private clinics in Drogheda. Pic Collins Courts

Declan Brennan

A retired surgeon has gone on trial accused of indecently assaulting seven boys under his care between the early 70s and 90s.

Michael Shine (86) of Ballsbridge, Dublin has pleaded not guilty to the thirteen charges allegedly committed during medical examinations at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth and at two private clinics in Drogheda.

The complainants were variously aged between 11 and 15 when Mr Shine is alleged to have indecently assaulted them.

Opening the prosecution case at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Cathleen Noctor SC told a jury of nine men and three women that it was up to the prosecution to prove the alleged charges beyond a reasonable doubt.

Summarising the evidence expected before the jury, she said the first complainant was aged 11 in 1971 when he was hospitalised for surgery.

Ms Noctor said that while attending at Mr Shine's clinic on Laurence St in Drogheda, the surgeon examined the boy's wound and was alleged to have indecently assaulted the boy.

Ms Noctor said that during another check-up, Mr Shine indecently assaulted the boy.

She said a second complainant will allege that in a follow-up appointment after knee surgery, Mr Shine indecently assaulted him. This offence allegedly took place in 1972 when the boy was 14.

A third complainant will allege four counts of indecent assault on dates in 1973 and 1974, the court heard. This witness had attended at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital with stomach cramps.

He will say that while being examined by Mr Shine, the doctor indecently assaulted him, counsel said. He will also allege that Mr Shine assaulted him a number of times during post-operative follow-up appointments.

A fourth witness will testify that he underwent surgery on his testicle when he was aged 13 in 1975. Ms Noctor told the jury that this man will say that during a follow-up check-up, Mr Shine indecently assaulted him.

She said that it is alleged that Mr Shine attempted to assault another teenage boy during a examination following surgery on his testicle.

A sixth complainant was aged 15 in 1988 when he attended twice with the defendant following surgery on his finger. Counsel said that allegedly during both of these check-ups, Mr Shine indecently assaulted.

The final complainant attended at the Drogheda hospital some time in 1992 with a laceration on his penis foreskin. Ms Noctor said he will allege that during an examination, Mr Shine indecently assaulted him.

The trial continues before Judge Martin Nolan.

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