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.

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