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Aaron Brady denies murder

Aaron Brady denies murder

Aaron Brady denies murder

The man accused of the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe denied in interviews that he made a confession to his flatmate's girlfriend, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

The jury in the trial of Aaron Brady (29), who denies capital murder, has been hearing evidence of garda interviews with the accused after he was arrested in Dublin in relation to the murder of Det Gda Donohoe.

Gardai gave evidence that he was detained by members of the Emergency Response Unit in 2018 before being arrested on suspicion of murder.

The court heard that in a later interview, a statement from Molly Staunton, the girlfriend of his flatmate while he lived in New York, was put to him.

The jury was told he replied: "I don't accept any conversation took place with Molly Staunton that I confessed to the offence I am arrested for."

Mr Brady has pleaded not guilty to the capital murder of Det Gda Donohoe (41), who was then a member of An Garda Siochana acting in the course of his duty, at Lordship Credit Union in Bellurgan, Dundalk, Co Louth, on January 25, 2013.

The accused, of New Road in Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, also denies robbery of around €7,000 in cash and assorted cheques from Pat Bellew at the same location on the same date.

Yesterday afternoon, the jury heard evidence of the arrest of Mr Brady and subsequent garda interviews carried out in 2018.

Det Gda Jim McGovern agreed he read out a number of statements to Mr Brady previously taken from him in 2013.

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The court heard that Mr Brady told gardai: "I remember being here ya and giving a statement and anything other than that is going to be no comment unless there's anything incorrect or shouldn't be so."

Det Gda McGovern was recalled to give evidence in relation to an interview he conducted along with Det Sgt Mark Phillips on March 3, 2018.

The court heard it was put to Mr Brady if he wished to say anything in relation to the incident, and he replied: "I just want to state I deny any involvement in relation to the offence for which I'm being detained."

He was asked if he wished to make any changes to his statement and he replied: "I strongly deny any involvement in the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe.

"I strongly deny any confession to the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe and any other offence put to me here in interview."

Mr Justice Michael White told the jury that it is "likely" the prosecution case will finish by this coming Friday.