A 43-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of an Irish police detective in Castlerea, Co Roscommon, on Wednesday night.
Stephen Silver, from Aughaward, Foxford, in Co Mayo, was charged on Friday evening before a brief late appearance at Castlerea District Court.
He is accused of shooting dead Colm Horkan, a detective with the Irish police force in Castlerea, a town of just 2,000 people 155km (95 miles) northwest of Dublin.
Image: Stephen Silver, 43, has been charged with the murder of Detective Horkan
Police said the incident happened just before midnight on Wednesday.
Silver, dressed in black and with a glove on his right hand, was granted free legal aid and the court, in a special sitting, heard he is to receive a medical evaluation.
He told the court: “I had no firearm on me.”
He was remanded in custody to appear again in court next Friday.
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As Silver appeared in court, hundreds of people lined the streets of Castlerea for a vigil for Detective Garda Horkan.
The 49-year-old was from Co Mayo and had been a member of the police for 24 years. The Garda Representative Association said he is survived by his father, sister and four brothers.
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris paid tribute to the shot officer.
“I am deeply saddened by the death of my colleague, Detective Garda Colm Horkan,” he said.
“My thoughts, and the thoughts of all personnel in An Garda Siochana, are with the family, friends and colleagues of Detective Garda Colm Horkan at Castlerea Garda Station and the detective unit he served in.
“Colm served the communities he worked in with distinction and pride during his 24 years as a member of An Garda Siochana.”
Image: Stephen Silver was held at the Castlerea police station before being charged with murder
In a statement, Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar extended his sympathies.
“Every day our Gardai put themselves on the front line of crime prevention, on behalf of all of us,” he said.
“This requires regular acts of bravery and courage. Sometimes the outcome is tragic and a Garda makes the ultimate sacrifice in the course of their duties.
“Our thoughts today are with all those grieving as a result of this tragic incident.”
He is the 89th member of the force to be killed in the line of duty.
Anyone with information on this incident or who witnessed this incident should contact Castlerea Garda Station at 094 962 1635.
Source : Sky News