Michael Shine – Dublin
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Paedophile surgeon, 86, jailed for four years for sexually assaulting seven boys over three decades
A paedophile surgeon has been caged for four years after he was convicted of sexually assaulting seven boys over three decades.
Michael Shine, 86, of Ballsbridge, Dublin, appeared at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court at 1pm today.
During the short sentencing, which lasted just five minutes, Judge Martin Nolan told the court: “It is well decided by precedence that age is no bar to a prison sentence.”
The judge said that during the course of a four week trial Shine showed “no expression of remorse whatsoever”.
He added: “The defendant was a doctor at the time and in a position of trust.
Shine arrived to court alone this morning, dressed in suit trousers and beige jumper and anorak.
He wore a peaked cap which he removed as he walked slowly through a packed courtroom to take a seat in the dock.
On February 9 a jury found the disgraced doctor guilty of 13 indecent assaults committed during medical examinations at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth and at two private clinics in Drogheda on dates between 1971 to 1992.
On day 17 of the trial, a jury of two women and eight men returned guilty verdicts, having deliberated for just over six hours.
Ex-surgeon jailed for sex assaults on children
A retired surgeon has been jailed for a year and eight months for sexually assaulting two teenage boys in the 1970s.
Michael Shine, 85, faced eight charges of indecently assaulting six patients at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and at his private clinic, both in Drogheda, Co Louth, between 1964 and 1991.
Last month he was convicted of three charges of assault on two teenage boys at Dublin circuit criminal court. He had denied all the allegations.
Note: Shine also owns a holiday home in Tipperary
Perverted surgeon convicted of indecent assault on teenage patients
A jury has convicted retired consultant surgeon Michael Shine of indecently assaulting two young male patients in a hospital in the mid-70s.
Michael Shine (85) of Wellington Road, Dublin 4, 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, Co Louth, on dates between 1964 and 1991.
On Wednesday the jury of four men and eight women acquitted him of some of these charges.
On Thursday morning, having deliberated for just over six hours, the jury returned majority guilty verdicts on three outstanding counts of assaulting two teenage patients on dates between 1974 and 1976.
Shine had admitted attending to these patients but denied anything inappropriate was done during these medical examinations.
Giving evidence during the trial, he said that he would never do anything that would embarrass or upset a patient.
One victim testified that he was aged around 15 or 16 in 1976 when he attended at the hospital with an in growing toenail. He said Shine tied him to a bed with rubber bungee restraints and a blanket and then slipped his hand under the blanket and started massaging his testicles.
He said he knew it was weird but did not 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 private clinic in Drogheda, Shine massaged the base of his penis.
The victim was in his mid-teens at the time and told the trial that he told himself for years that there was nothing improper about what the doctor did.
Judge Cormac Quinn remanded Shine on continuing bail until December 1st for sentencing. Shine had become unwell and arrangements were being made to take him to a GP but he was present when the jury delivered its verdicts just before midday.
Victim of paedophile Irish doctor Michael Shine speaks out and says he is still haunted after abuse
“The first time it happened was the first appointment at Fair Street after the first two operations”
A victim of a serial paedophile doctor is calling for an investigation to ensure a child never endures the torture that he and other victims suffered.
For the first time the victim has spoken of the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of unrepentant pervert Michael Shine while he practised as a doctor.
Christy, who does not want his second name revealed, is calling for the Government to launch a commission of investigation to give him and others answers.
He added: “I’m after spending the last 47 years asking myself how am I going to survive today because you hate yourself, you hate what you’ve become.
“I’ll always have to have this for the rest of my life. But the Government has to protect other kids and ensure that this never happens again.”
In the late 1970s, 13-year-old Christy suffered from extreme pain in school one day arising from a bike crash three months beforehand.
His mother rushed him to A&E in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth, where he was brought into a theatre where Shine operated on him.
Two weeks later he underwent a second operation.
After that he attended Shine’s private clinic in Drogheda’s Fair Street for follow-up appointments.
Christy explained: “That’s where the abuse all happened.
“The first time it happened was the first appointment at Fair Street after the first two operations.
“I went in and he said ‘I have to check the tubes to make sure everything is OK’.”
Shine targeted Christy again and abused him before he had a third operation following more difficulties.
Christy said: “He attempted to do it in the hospital again and he was disrupted by a couple of nurses and he stopped doing what he was doing.
“I came out two or three weeks later and had to go to the Fair Street and it happened for a third time there.”
The effect on Christy was devastating and still haunts him today.
He suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder but he also learned much later in life that he suffers from a condition called dissociation.
He said: “Now I know I suffer from a thing called dissociation.
“So I could be talking to someone but go blank, so my body is there but I’m not here. I don’t remember what I said or did or what the person said or did.
“The third time I don’t remember a thing. I don’t even remember coming home. All I know is he said he had to test the tubes, never looked at my scars or anything.
“I was screaming but I wasn’t screaming with my voice, I was screaming with my head. Now I know it is dissociation.”
After seeing Bernadette Sullivan, a former nurse at Our Lady Of Lourdes Hospital exposing Shine on RTE’s Prime Time, Christy told his ex-wife what had happened to him.
Christy, like another victim, lost a testicle from Shine’s operations and could not have children but he told his then partner that he had gone through a cancer battle.
Christy said: “I had to work out how to tell my parents and my family.
“And my mother said, ‘I knew something had happened from the way you were acting’.
“My parents were very supportive, my father went mad. But he had cancer at the time and wasn’t well. Then I told my brothers and sisters and I didn’t get the reaction I thought I’d get and my whole world turned upside down. Then my father died, my marriage broke up and I just went off the rails.
“I drank a lot. I never took drugs. I just threw myself into work.”
Christy went to Bernadette Sullivan who founded Dignity 4 Patients and she encouraged him to make a statement to gardai, which he did.
But Christy later learned his case would never be prosecuted.
Shine served just three years for indecent and sexual assault of seven boys between 1971 and 1992.