Tuesday 23 July 2019

Surgeon 'fondled' genitals of boy, court told

On trial: Michael Shine (86) has pleaded not guilty to 13 charges of indecently assaulting seven boys. Photo: Collins Courts
On trial: Michael Shine (86) has pleaded not guilty to 13 charges of indecently assaulting seven boys. Photo: Collins Courts

Brion Hoban

A retired surgeon groped the genitals of a teenage patient with whom he played chess in hospital, a jury has heard.

Michael Shine (86), of ­Ballsbridge, Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to 13 charges of indecently assaulting seven boys allegedly committed during medical examinations at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth, and at two private clinics in Drogheda.

On the third day of the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court trial, one complainant told Gerardine Small, prosecuting counsel, that he was hit by a car during the summer of 1972 when he was aged 14 and required surgery on his right knee.

The man said Mr Shine was his consultant during his stay at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.

The surgeon would come to his room in the evening to play chess with him.

After being released from hospital following his surgery the man attended an appointment at Fair Street Clinic, Fair Street, Drogheda.

He said Mr Shine released his belt and zipper and his trousers and underwear were pulled down.

He said that Mr Shine began "playing with" and "fondling" his genitals and stroking his penis.

The man said when he asked Mr Shine why he was doing this, he replied that "you could tell a lot this way".

He said he felt depressed after the incident and had not known what to do.

The trial continues today before Judge Martin Nolan and a jury.

Irish Independent

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