A Garda who performed CPR on the late Detective Colm Horkan has told a jury that the man on trial for his murder was smirking as he told him he was doing it wrong.
Stephen Silver, of Aughavard, Foxford, Co Mayo, has pleaded guilty to his manslaughter in Castlerea, Co Roscommon, but NOT guilty to capital murder.
Garda Aidan Fallon was the first to approach Det Colm Horkan as he lay face down on Main St, Castlerea, after being shot just before midnight on June 17, 2020.
Just before that, he told the jury he heard shots as he passed the scene of two men fighting on the footpath. He said he saw one of them standing over the other with a gun in his hand and he told the jury he saw two shots being fired.
He said he didn’t realise the man on the ground was his colleague until he rolled him over. He told the jury he couldn’t believe it. He said his eyes were open, like he was looking back at him, but he knew he was gone.
While performing CPR, he said the other man told him he was doing it wrong – that he was killing him, and he claimed he had a smirk on his face when he said it.
He also said he later made claims of “police abuse” and said, “I know what ye did to the black man in America” before referencing ‘Black Lives Matter.’