Delay in trial date for retired surgeon pending review

The trial date of a retired consultant surgeon accused of indecently assaulting young males over a 26-year period will not be set until after the result of a High Court judicial review.

Dr Michael Shine (80) faces charges at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court of indecent assault against 21 alleged victims. The earliest charges relate to events in 1964.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring put the matter in for mention for July 1 next.

Dr Shine of Wellington House, Wellington Road, Dublin 4 is charged with 22 counts of indecent assault which allegedly occurred from 1964 until 1990, at Our Lady’s Hospital in Drogheda, Co. Louth and at a clinic in the same county.

Dr Shine is on continuing bail and was excused from attending at this court hearing and at the next because of his age. The court also heard that he does not always live in Ireland and must travel for these court hearings.

Judge Ring asked if it were not a condition of his bail that he reside in the Dublin area. She said if there was an issue with the bail conditions being met the matter could be brought back before the court.

Dublin District Court previously heard that the retired surgeon replied “not guilty” after caution when 24 of the charges were put to him. His response to one other charge was: “Not guilty, I was not in Ireland at the time.”


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