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Friday 17 August 2018

Garda Donohoe murder accused set for trial at the Central Criminal Court

Aaron Brady
Aaron Brady

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has directed that a man accused of the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe in a shooting in 2013 will face trial on indictment.

This means he will stand trial in the Central Criminal Court.

Aaron Brady (27), from New Road, Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, is charged with murdering a garda, namely Adrian Donohoe, at Lordship Credit Union, Bellurgan, Co Louth, on January 25, 2013.

The officer, a married father-of-two, was killed while on duty.

Det Gda Donohoe had been on a cash escort with colleagues when he was fatally shot during a botched robbery in the car park of the credit union.

Mr Brady was charged last Sunday and remanded in custody following an appearance before Dundalk District Court.

He faced his second hearing yesterday, when he appeared via video-link at Cloverhill District Court. Dressed in a grey tracksuit and black runners, and sitting with his arms folded, he spoke a number of times, initially confirming his name and later to confirm instructions to his lawyers.

Detective Inspector Pat Marry, who arrested him, was also present for the hearing.

State solicitor Michael Murphy asked Judge Victor Blake to adjourn the case for four weeks, adding the DPP has directed "trial on indictment".

Defence counsel Conor Fegan, instructed by solicitor Niall Manley, asked Mr Brady if he consented to being further remanded in custody for four weeks instead of two.

The accused replied "yes" and had the same answer when asked by Judge Blake if he was agreeable to appearing via video-link at his next hearing.

Judge Blake further remanded him in custody pending the preparation of a book of evidence. The case returns on April 6.

Detained

He had been arrested in Dublin on February 25 and was detained for a week at Dundalk Garda Station, under the provisions of Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007.

At his first hearing, Det Insp Marry said when Mr Brady was charged with the murder, he replied: "I strongly deny any involvement in the murder of Det Gda Adrian Donohoe."

Bail can only be granted by the High Court in murder cases.

A man in his 60s, who was arrested in Dundalk on February 26 as part of the murder investigation, was released without charge last Saturday night.

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