A 44-year old man has been charged with the capital murder of a detective garda during the summer.

Stephen Silver, of Aughaward, Foxford, Co Mayo, was this morning charged with the capital murder of Det Garda Colm Horkan on 17 June in Castlerea, Co Roscommon.

Mr Silver has been in custody since June charged with the murder of the 49-year-old. 

Judge Alan Mitchell was told at Castlerea District Court that there was an additional charge of capital murder.

Garda Helen Gillen said that she arrested Mr Silver in Castlerea at 11.29am today and charged him with the capital murder of Det Garda Horkan on 17 June in Castlerea. 

She said that Mr Silver made no reply in response to the charge after caution.

Det Garda Colm Horkan died on 17 June

Defence solicitor Gearoid Geraghty said he had no questions.

An application for free legal aid was granted by Judge Mitchell.

Supt Tom Colsh said that the original charge of murder was remaining at the moment but that it may be removed at a later date.

He said the State's application was to remand Mr Silver in custody at the Midland Prison to appear by video link next Friday at Harristown District Court in Roscommon.

Supt Colsh said he hopes to have an indication next Friday, 4 December, when the book of evidence will be ready.

Mr Silver did not speak during the brief four-minute hearing.