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Garda killer Aaron Brady

Garda killer Aaron Brady

Garda killer Aaron Brady

A key witness who failed to appear in court to give evidence in the murder trial of Aaron Brady has been arrested and will face trial for contempt.

Aaron Brady was found guilty of the capital murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe by an 11 to one majority jury verdict at the Central Criminal Court on August 11.

Brendan Grehan, for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), told Mr Justice Michael White yesterday morning that a bench warrant had been issued for Colin Hoey by the Central Criminal Court for failing to attend.

During hearings at Brady's trial, Detective Inspector Mark Phillips said Mr Hoey was a witness of "some significance" who had provided an alibi for Brady but later withdrew it.

Detective Garda Padraic O'Reilly said he had made contact with Mr Hoey to secure his attendance at the trial.

Det Gda O'Reilly said the court did not start at 11am on March 4 Mr Hoey did not attend that day.

He agreed with Mr Grehan that trial judge Mr Justice White had issued a bench warrant last March 5 and attempts were made by gardaí to execute it.

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As a result of the warrant, Detective Inspector Martin Beggy contacted the home of Mr Hoey and spoke to his father, Declan Hoey, to get his son to attend Dundalk Garda station, Mr Grehan said.

Det Gda O'Reilly agreed with counsel that Declan Hoey said his son did not want any- thing to do with the Brady case and did not want to get involved.

Det Gda O'Reilly said solicitor Danny McNamee, for Mr Hoey, made contact with gardaí last week and told them his client wished to present him- self for the execution of the warrant.

The accused man presented himself outside the precincts of the court yesterday and the warrant was executed, he added.

Mr Grehan told Mr Justice White that the principal factor was the contempt of court by Mr Hoey, which is punishable by imprisonment, a fine or both.

The judge granted bail to Mr Hoey, as well as legal aid to cover senior and junior counsel in his case.

Mr Justice White warned Mr Hoey not to "mess" with the bail conditions as the consequences would be grave.

The matter was put in for November 24, when it is expected the court will deal with submissions from the defence as to the High Court's jurisdiction.