Ex-surgeon to stand trial for indecent assaults

Retired consultant surgeon Michael Shine is to stand trial accused of indecently assaulting 16 young males over three decades.

Mr Shine, aged 80, of Wellington Rd, Dublin, was charged yesterday with 25 counts of indecent assault, which allegedly occurred from the 1960s until the mid-80s, at Our Lady’s Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth, and at a clinic in the same county.

Det Sgt Nicholas Kelly told Judge Cormac Dunne at Dublin District Court the retired surgeon replied “not guilty” when 24 of the charges were put to him. His response to the other charge was: “Not guilty. I was not in Ireland at the time.”

Det Sgt Kelly said the DPP has directed Mr Shine is to face a Circuit Court trial, meaning his case will go before a judge and jury. The detective asked for a remand to allow time for the book of evidence to be completed.

He also asked for bail conditions to be imposed compelling Mr Shine to sign on at a garda station once a week and to surrender his passport and not apply for a new one.

He also asked for an order compelling Mr Shine to notify the senior investigating officer, Det Insp Patrick Marry, if he had plans to reside at any other location in the jurisdiction.

Bobby Egar, defending, objected to the signing-on condition, as well as the request for Mr Shine to surrender his passport.

Mr Egar said Mr Shine planned to go on holidays for a couple of months. He argued the conditions sought were unfair, adding that it could take until early 2014 for his client’s trial to go ahead. He also said the trial it is expected to last about three weeks.

Mr Egar said the conditions sought were onerous for an 80-year-old “who has never had to do that before and is not a flight risk”.

Judge Dunne did not impose the signing-on condition, or order Mr Shine to surrender his passport.

However, he stipulated that he must directly inform gardaí and Det Insp Marry if he plans to change address, with 14 days advance notice.

Judge Dunne also said it was equally important that Mr Shine would have to give gardaí seven days’ notice if he has intentions of leaving Ireland and advise them of his departure and return dates.

Mr Shine spoke once during the brief hearing, saying “yes” when he was asked if he understood the terms.

He was remanded on bail in his own bond of €5,000 and was ordered to appear again on a date in October, when he is to be served with a book of evidence and returned for trial.


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