Stephen Silver, who is charged with the murder of Detective Garda Colm Horkan, told Gardaí that the deceased had assaulted him, adding: “With everything that is going on with the police in this world, I shot him,” a lawyer told the Central Criminal Court this afternoon. .
Prosecutor Michael Delaney SC, who opened Mr. Silver’s trial, said the accused then said something about Black Lives Matter, which the attorney said could be a reference to George Floyd’s murder in America several months earlier.
Delaney said one issue the jury may have to decide is whether Mr. Silver was “ill-disposed towards Gardaí at the time” and whether that “manifested itself in his actions during the day and, more importantly, in the course of the meeting with Garda. Horkan.”
Mr Silver (46), a motorcycle mechanic from Aughavard, Foxford, Co Mayo, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Det Gda Horkan but guilty to manslaughter for diminished responsibility.
The trial continues before Mr Justice Paul McDermott and a jury of seven men and five women.
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