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Stephen Silver pictured at an earlier sitting of Castlerea District Court

Stephen Silver pictured at an earlier sitting of Castlerea District Court

Stephen Silver pictured at an earlier sitting of Castlerea District Court

The 43-year-old man accused of the murder of Detective Garda Colm Horkan in is unlikely to be fit to appear before court in the coming weeks, a remand hearing has been told.

Stephen Silver of Aughaward, Foxford, Co Mayo, who is charged with the murder of Det. Garda Horkan in Castlerea on June 17, was due to appear before Harristown District Court last Friday but was deemed unfit to appear by video link.

His solicitor, Gearoid Geraghty, told Judge Alan Mitchell that his client is currently being treated in the acute admissions ward at the Central Mental Hospital.

It is the third time since his arrest last month that Stephen Silver has been unable to appear by video link before Harristown District Court. The court was also told by Mr Geraghty that Sliver is receiving antipsychotic medication.

Mr Geraghty said that according to doctors at the Central Mental Hospital, his client will be kept under review, and that his mental state is expected to gradually improve during the next two months.

Sgt. Mark Mahon said that the State's application was that Mr. Silver be remanded in custody for two weeks to appear before Harristown District Court via video link on August 7.

Mr Geraghty said that he didn't expect Mr. Silver will be able to appear via video link on that date due to continuing treatment.

Judge Mitchell asked Mr Geraghty if he had any objection to his client appearing via video link, and he confirmed he did not.

Judge Mitchell remanded Stephen Sliver in custody to appear via video link before Harristown District Court on August 7.

Charlestown native, Garda Horkan (49) was shot dead with his own gun in Castlerea on June 17th last when responding to an incident. He was alone at the time.

Meanwhile, he memory of Garda Colm Horkan is to be honoured with a new GAA memorial pitch and walkway in his hometown.

Work will begin later this year on the €300,000 project in memory of the garda. The facilities, expected to be finished by 2023, will be constructed and named after the detective at the Charlestown Sarsfields club.

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