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Friday 23 February 2018

Shine found guilty of sex assaults on two teenage boys

Michael Shine was found guilty
Michael Shine was found guilty

A jury has convicted retired surgeon Michael Shine of indecently assaulting two young male patients in a hospital in the 1970s.

Shine (85), of Wellington Road, Dublin, had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to eight charges of indecently assaulting six patients at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and at his private clinic, both in Drogheda, between 1964 and 1991.

Weird

On Wednesday the jury of four men and eight women acquitted him of a number of these charges.

Just before midday yesterday, having deliberated for just over six hours, the jury returned majority guilty verdicts on the outstanding counts.

These alleged that Shine assaulted two teenage patients on dates between 1974 and 1976.

Shine admitted examining these patients but denied he had done anything inappropriate.

One victim was aged around 15 or 16 in 1976 when he attended the hospital with an ingrowing toenail.

He told the trial that Shine strapped him down on a bed with rubber bungee restraints and then slipped his hand under the blanket and started massaging his testicles.

He said he knew what was happening was weird but didn't know if he could speak out because he was "just a young boy".

The second victim testified that during two follow-up examinations for undescended testes at Shine's clinic, the doctor massaged the base of his penis.

The victim, who was in his mid teens at the time, told the trial that he told himself for years that there was nothing improper about what Shine did.

Judge Cormac Quinn remanded Shine on bail until December 1 for sentencing.

Injury

The six complainants were all teenage boys at the time they allege Shine touched them in their genital areas while treating them for injuries such as cuts to a knee, an injury to a finger and an injured toe.

On Wednesday the jury found Shine not guilty of four charges which covered alleged offences against three teenagers in 1964, 1970 and 1976. Shine denied ever seeing these patients.

During the 12-day trial the judge directed the jury to acquit Shine of one count of indecent assault between 1988 and 1991, after a defence application.

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