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Retired surgeon groped 14-year-old patient that he played chess with, trial told

The teenager was hit by a car in 1972, and required surgery on his knee. Michael Shine was his consultant during his stay in hospital.

Retired surgeon Michael Shine arriving at the Central Criminal Courts in Dublin.
Retired surgeon Michael Shine arriving at the Central Criminal Courts in Dublin.
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A RETIRED SURGEON groped the genitals of a teenage patient with whom he played chess in hospital, a jury has heard.

Michael Shine (86) of Ballsbridge, Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to thirteen charges of indecently assaulting seven boys allegedly committed during medical examinations at Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth and at two private clinics in Drogheda.

On the third day of the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court trial, one complainant told Gerardine Small BL, prosecuting, that he was hit by a car during the summer of 1972 when he was aged 14 and that he required surgery on his right knee.

The man said that Shine was his consultant during his stay at Our Lady of Lourdes hospital and that he would come to his room in the evening time to play chess with him. After being released from hospital following his surgery the man attended an appointment at Fair Street Clinic, Fair Street, Drogheda.

He said that Shine released the teenager’s belt and zipper and that his trousers and underwear were pulled down. He said that Shine began “playing with” and “fondling” his genitals and stroking his penis.

The man said that when he asked Shine why he was doing this, he replied that “you could tell a lot this way”. He said he did not think that Shine ever examined his knee.

He said that he felt depressed after the incident and had not known what to do.

When asked by Hugh Hartnett SC, defending, if he was a heavy drinker, the man said that “depends what you call a heavy drinker” and said he drank a few pints a week. He accepted Hartnett’s assertion that he previously said he could sometimes drink 10 to 12 pints in a night.

The man agreed with Hartnett that he was involved in a civil case against Shine. He said that he became involved with the civil case approximately two years ago and that he first went to gardaí regarding the alleged offences in 2002.

He did not accept Hartnett’s suggestion that the games of chess had not happened and that Shine does not play chess.

Earlier in the trial, another complainant told Cathleen Noctor SC, prosecuting, that when he was 15 he was referred by his GP to Shine at Our Lady of Lourdes hospital due to tearing his foreskin during sexual intercourse.

The man said that during an examination on his injury, Shine began to masturbate him for five to ten minutes, ending with him squeezing his penis. Shine said that he should come back to undergo circumcision, but the man said he never went back.

He said that he felt “low, a bit shocked” after the exam and that he had not known if it was right or wrong. He said he went unaccompanied to the hospital and that he did not tell his parents about the appointment as he should not have been having sex at that age.

The man agreed with Hartnett that he was also involved in a civil case seeking damages from Shine. He said that he began taking part in the civil case after he had already met with gardaí regarding the alleged offences.

The trial continues tomorrow morning before Judge Martin Nolan and a jury.

Comments are closed as the case is before the courts.

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