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Trial of Stephen Silver accused of murder of garda in Castlerea begins tomorrow

Jan 30, 2023 17:08 By Shannonside News
Trial of Stephen Silver accused of murder of garda in Castlerea begins tomorrow
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Detective Garda Colm Horkan died on the 17th of June in 2020

A jury has been sworn in at the Central Criminal Court for the trial of the man who denies murder but admits to the manslaughter of Detective Garda Colm Horkan.

At the Central Criminal Court today, Stephen Silver pleaded not guilty to the capital murder of Det Gda Horkan, knowing or being reckless as to whether he was a member of An Garda Siochana acting in accordance with his duty at Castlerea, Co Roscommon, on June 17, 2020.

Mr Silver, of Aughavard, Foxford, Co Mayo, pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

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Ms Justice Eileen Creedon informed the jury the trial is expected to last six weeks.

She said the defence will be raising the issue of bipolar disorder, and the issue of the accused having diminished responsibility due to mental health difficulties.

The trial will begin at 11 tomorrow morning before Ms Justice Tara Burns and the jury of six men and six women.

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