Wednesday 17 July 2019

Surgeon groped boy (15) and his breathing became more intense, court told

On trial: Michael Shine is accused of indecent assault on a 15-year-old. Photo: Collins Courts
On trial: Michael Shine is accused of indecent assault on a 15-year-old. Photo: Collins Courts

Brion Hoban

A retired surgeon groped the genitals of a 15-year-old patient while resting his head on his chest, a jury has heard.

Michael Shine (86) of Ballsbridge, Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to the 13 charges of indecent assault allegedly committed during medical examinations at Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth and at two private clinics in Drogheda.

On the opening day of the trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, the first complainant told Kathleen Noctor SC, prosecuting, that he required surgery on his finger when he was 15 following a farming accident and he was required to attend follow-up appointments in 1988.

The man said he attended a private clinic in Fair Street, Drogheda, Co Louth, for an appointment following the surgery performed by Mr Shine.

He said that after he thought the appointment was over, Mr Shine asked him to stand up so that he could "have a look at him". Mr Shine undid the complainant's fly and put both his hands into his underpants.

The man said he was "terrified". He said Mr Shine groped his genitals while resting his head on the then 15-year-old's chest.

He said Mr Shine's breathing became more intense and "creepy" while he was groping him.

The man disagreed with Hugh Hartnett SC, defending, that he was born with a hernia, but said he'd had "no difficulties whatsoever" with it since an operation when he was six.

He disagreed with Mr Hartnett that his recounting of events had been "a gross exaggeration and untrue".

A second man told the court that he had surgery on his testicles in 1985 when he was 13 and that he attended Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital with his father some time later to be examined by Mr Shine.

He entered a cubicle without his father and Mr Shine touched his penis. The trial continues today.

Irish Independent

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