Wednesday 23 October 2019

Shine found guilty

Former surgeon to be sentenced for indecent assaults

A retired surgeon has been found guilty of groping seven boys in his care over a period of three decades.

Michael Shine (86) of Ballsbridge, Dublin had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to thirteen charges of indecent assault committed during medical examinations at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth and at two private clinics in Drogheda on dates between 1971 to 1992.

On day 17 of the trial a jury of two women and eight men returned guilty verdicts, having deliberated for after just over six hours.

Judge Martin Nolan adjourned the matter until February 22 next for sentencing and remanded Shine on bail until that date.

Shine denied doing anything improper during examinations with any of the complainants and said he has "no memory whatsoever" of ever treating any of them.

Judge Nolan said that a medical expert had given evidence that the actions alleged in the case were medically inappropriate and that they did constitute indecent assault if the jury accepted the evidence of the complainants beyond a reasonable doubt.

He told the jury that people "can be inaccurate about one thing and very accurate about others".

In her closing remarks to the jury, Cathleen Noctor SC, prosecuting, said that the accounts of all complainants in the case were similar. She said that the evidence was that each alleged assault happened to a male child while they were alone with their doctor.

Drogheda Independent