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Man charged with murder of Adrian Donohoe to face ‘trial on indictment’

This means Aaron Brady will face trial in the Central Criminal Court.

aaron-brady Aaron Brady in 2017 Source: Ciara Wilkinson

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

Aaron Brady, 27, from New Road, Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, is charged with murdering Donohoe at Lordship Credit Union in Bellurgan, Co Louth on 25 January 2013.

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

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.

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

He faced his second hearing today, appearing 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 that the DPP has directed “trial on indictment”. This means the accused will face trial in the Central Criminal Court.

original Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe

Defence counsel Conor Fegan, instructed by solicitor Niall Manley, asked 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.

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

Two arrests 

Brady was arrested in Dublin on 25 February 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 on Sunday, Marry said that when Brady was charged with the murder, he replied: “I strongly deny any involvement in the murder of Detective Garda 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 26 February as part of the investigation, was released without charge on Saturday night.

Comments are closed due to ongoing legal proceedings. 

Read: Armagh man remanded in custody, denies ‘any involvement’ in the murder of a garda in line of duty

Read: Second arrest made in connection with murder of Garda Adrian Donohoe

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