Man (43) charged with murder of Detective Horkan

A 43-year-old man was charged with the murder of Detective Garda Colm Horkan at a special sitting of Castlerea District Court on Friday evening.

Stephen Silver from Aughaward, Foxford, Co. Mayo was remanded in custody for a week.

Garda Helen Gillen gave evidence of arresting Mr. Silver. When she informed him that he was charged with murder, he made no reply.

The accused man spoke briefly in court, leading to an intervention from Judge Alan Mitchell. Mr. Silver said: “….absolutely unreal, I had no firearm on me”. Judge Mitchell advised Mr. Silver that he did not have to speak and that his solicitor was present to represent him.

Free legal aid was granted to Mr. Silver and it was recommended that he be medically assessed.

Judge Mitchell remanded the accused in custody to appear in court again next Friday, June 26th (by video link).

There was a large Garda presence in the vicinity of the courthouse. The court hearing took place on the evening that the remains of Detective Garda Colm Horkan, who was killed in Castlerea on Wednesday night, were brought home to his native Charlestown in Co. Mayo. A State funeral will take place on Sunday.