Stephen Silver

  • A court has been told today that the file into the murder of Det. Garda Colm Horkan is to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions next week.

    Sgt. Mark Mahon told Judge James Faughnan at Harristown District Court in Castlerea that the file will be ready to be sent to the DPP’s office next week.

    He requested that Stephen Silver of Aughaward, Foxford, Co Mayo, who is charged with the murder of Det. Garda Horkan in Castlerea on June 17, be remanded in custody to September 18 for DPP directions.

    Mr Silver, who will be 44 next Thursday, was due to appear before the court by video link this (Friday) morning.

    It is the sixth time he has been deemed unfit to appear by video link at Harristown District Court.

    Defence solicitor Martina Moran said that Stephen Silver is still receiving treatment  in the Central Mental Hospital, and arrangements will need to be made for the service of the book of evidence.

    A previous court sitting heard that the investigation into the murder of Det. Garda Horkan involves 200 statements and 250 exhibits. The file also includes 70 CCTV exhibits and the content of ten electronic devices, while Gardai were also speaking to a person in Australia as part of their investigation.

    Judge Faughnan remanded Mr Silver in custody to appear before Harristown District Court on September 18.

  • The man charged with the murder of Detective Garda Colm Horkan is due to appear via video-link before Harristown District Court today.

    Stephen Silver, a native of Co. Roscommon with an address at Aughaward, Foxford, was deemed unfit to attend a court sitting in Castlerea two weeks ago.

    Documentation received by the court from the Central Mental Hospital in Dublin revealed the accused was receiving medical attention.

  • The investigation into the murder of Detective Garda Colm Horkan is progressing as speedily as possible, a court has been told.

    Sgt. Mark Mahon told Judge Deirdre Gearty at Harristown District Court this morning that reports are being prepared and the book of evidence is being compiled as quickly as possible.

    He was responding to a query from a solicitor for Stephen Silver with an address at Aughaward, Foxford, Co Mayo, who is charged with the murder of Detective Garda Horkan in Castlerea on June 17th.

    The 43-year old was due to appear before the court by video link.

    But defence solicitor Marina Moran of Gearoid Geraghty & Company said that the defendant was still receiving at the Central Mental Hospital.

    It is the fourth time that Silver has been deemed unfit to appear by video link at Harristown District Court.

    Sgt. Mahon said that the investigation was proceeding and was ‘very active at the moment’, with reports being awaited.

    “The book of evidence is being compiled as speedily as possible,” he said.

    Judge Gearty remanded Silver in custody for two weeks to appear before Harristown District Court on August 21.

  • The 43-year old man accused of the murder of Detective Garda Colm Horkan in Roscommon 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 this morning 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.

  • A 44-year-old man has been charged with the capital murder of a Detective Garda in Castlerea, Co Roscommon.

    Stephen Silver made no reply when charged by Gardai following the fatal shooting incident in the town on June 17th last.

    The mechanic, with an address at Aughaward, Foxford County Mayo, was previously charged with the murder of the Detective Garda Colm Horkan  in June.

    He has been receiving treatment at the Central Mental Hospital over the last number of months and has been deemed unfit to appear via video link for medical reasons at several court appearances.

    Today, he was brought from the hospital to appear in court and was wearing grey suit with a white shirt for the short hearing.

    The court heard he made no reply when charged and he was remanded in custody to the Midlands Prison to appear via video link at Harristown District Court next month.