The man accused of the murder of a Detective in Roscommon two years ago has apologised to the victim's family while giving evidence in court today.
Stephen Silver has pleaded not guilty to the capital murder of Detective Colm Horkan but guilty of manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.
The defendant took the stand yesterday afternoon, with his testimony continuing this morning.
During his testimony today, the bike mechanic described the struggle that resulted in the death of Colm Horkan, and claimed he had fallen to the ground and was trying to push himself up when he felt the detective's gun and holster.
He stated that he then believed he was in danger of being assassinated before later saying that the Charlestown garda could have been a drug dealer due to his being armed and driving a Dublin-registered car.
When asked by Rosin Lacey Sc for the Defense about his behaviour during Garda interviews, Stephen Silver stated that he was ‘ashamed
of the way he carried on’’ and he wanted to ‘apologise to the family for the hurt caused.’ He also added 'not a day goes by that I don't think about it. If I was on my medication and well, this would never have happened.'
Evidence from the accused continues from the accused this afternoon.