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New murder charge for suspected garda killer


Accused Stephen Silver

Accused Stephen Silver

Accused Stephen Silver

A 44-year-old man has been charged with the capital murder of a detective garda last summer.

Stephen Silver, of Aughaward, Foxford, Co Mayo, was charged yesterday over the death of Detective Garda Colm Horkan (49) on June 17 in Castlerea, Co Roscommon.

He has been in custody since June.

Judge Alan Mitchell was told yesterday at Castlerea District Court that there was an additional charge of capital murder.


Garda Helen Gillen said she arrested Mr Silver in Castlerea at 11.29am yesterday morning and charged him with the capital murder of Det Gda Horkan.

She said Mr Silver made no reply after caution.

Superintendent Tom Colsh said the original charge of murder was remaining at the mom-ent, but it may be removed at a later date.

He said the State's application was to remand Mr Silver in custody to the Midlands Prison, to appear by video link next Friday at Harristown District Court in Roscommon.

Supt Colsh said he hopes to have an indication next Friday of when the book of evidence will be ready.

There was a large garda presence outside Castlerea District Court.

One man shouted greetings to the accused as he was led into and out of the building.

Mr Silver was arrested and remanded in custody when he appeared before a special sitting of Castlerea District Court on June 19.

He was deemed unfit to app-ear by video link at 11 sittings of Harristown District Court.

On each occasion the court was told he was receiving treatment at the Central Mental Hospital.