Thursday 18 October 2018

Retired surgeon accused of indecently assaulting six men goes on trial

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda
Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda

Declan Brennan

A retired surgeon has gone on trial accused of indecently assaulting six males at a hospital in Louth.

Dr Michael Shine (85) is alleged to have committed the offences at Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda and a clinic in Drogheda on dates between 1964 and 1991.

He was arraigned before a jury panel at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court this morning.

Mr Shine replied “I absolutely deny that allegation” after each of the eight charges were read out to him.

A jury of four men and eight women was selected to hear the trial. Judge Cormac Quinn told the jurors to select a foreman and said the trial will open in the afternoon.

Mr Shine, of Wellington rd., Dublin 4 is accused of committing the indecent assaults on five males at the hospital on unknown dates between 1963 and 1964, 1970 and 1972, 1975 and 1976 and, finally, on a unknown date between 1988 and 1991.

He is also accused of indecently assaulting a sixth male on two occasions in a clinic in Drogheda on a date in 1973 and 1974 and on a date in 1975.

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