A 44-year old man accused of murdering Detective Garda Colm Horkan in a shooting in Co Roscommon will go on trial at the Central Criminal Court in June next year.
Stephen Silver of Aughaward, Foxford, Co Mayo is charged with the murder of Detective Garda Horkan in the course of his duty at Main Street, Castlerea on 17 June 2020.
According to the Irish Examiner, senior counsel Sean Gillane for Stephen Silver told Mr Justice Michael White today that the trial will take five weeks and said his client is currently in custody at the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum.
The defence counsel said there was a “very significant background of psychiatric treatment” and he asked Mr Justice White to certify a second senior counsel and a research documentary junior in the case.
The judge said he would make an order for two senior counsel and one research documentary junior on behalf of the defence.
He also fixed a trial date for 15 June 2022.