A file has been sent to the DPP after man charged with the murder of Detective Garda Colm Horkan was ‘unfit’ to appear before court in Castlerea this morning.
Stephen Silver, with an address at Aughaward, Foxford, Co Mayo has been remanded in custody for a further two weeks to appear before Harristown Courthouse on Friday the 10th of July.
The 43-year-old was declared ‘unfit’ to attend today’s session of Castlerea District Court on foot of a medical note from the Central Mental Hospital.
The court heard that Mr Silver was sent from the Midlands Prison in Portlaoise to the Central Mental Hospital on the 23rd of June.
The solicitor for the defendant Gearóid Geraghty told the court that he wanted to know why his client was declared unfit to attend via video link to today’s session.
Mr Geraghty also explained that he had received no information on where his client was currently residing, either the Midlands Prison or the CMH.
Judge Alan Mitchell requested a medical cert and remanded Mr Silver to appear before court next Friday.
He also stated that it was unhelpful for Mr Geraghty not to know where his client was currently.
However before the end of this morning’s sitting clarification was given to the court which, Judge Mitchell said, made it clear that Mr Silver was unfit to attend the sitting.
Following consultation with Mr Silver’s Solicitor Mr Geraghty, the Judge agreed to remand Mr Silver to appear before the District court in two weeks time.
Mr Geraghty also requested an extension of legal aid for his client to receive treatment from a consultant forensic psychiatrist and his or her report on Mr Silver’s fitness to plead.
In court last week the 43-year-old was granted free legal aid and the judge recommended that he receive a medical assessment, an evaluation and the appropriate medical treatment.
He was remanded in custody to appear again in court by video link again in two weeks time while both the evaluation and psychiatric reports are prepared.