A 27-year old man from Crossmaglen appeared before a special sitting of Dundalk District Court on Sunday evening as he was charged with the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe.
Aaron Brady from New Road, Crossmaglen, Armagh is the first person to be charged with the murder of Detective Garda Donohue who was shot outside Lordship Credit Union in January 2013. The accused has denied any involvement with the murder.
At the special sitting of the district court on Sunday evening Detective Inspector Pat Marry from Dundalk Garda station told the court that Aaron Brady had been arrested at 6.57pm on March 4th and charged with murder shortly afterwards.
He also stated that when charged with murder Aaron Brady had responded by saying “I strongly deny any involvement in the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe.”
The accused was remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on Friday. There was a heavy Garda presence outside the court as Brady was led in. Members of the US Department Homeland Security were also in attendance. Caroline Donohoe, wife of Adrian, was also in attendance for the short hearing which lasted less than ten minutes.
A second man who had also been arrested last week in connection with the murder was released without charge on Saturday evening.
The man who is in his 60s was arrested in Dundalk, Co Louth last Monday evening and brought to Balbriggan Garda Station in Dublin.
A Garda press release confirmed on Sunday that he was released without charged and that a file would be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
In at statement on Monday afternoon, Gardai stated that investigation into the murder continues at Dundalk Garda Station, and has both a local and international focus.
Representatives of US Homeland Security Investigations, led by Ms Alysa D. Erichs – Acting Deputy Executive Associate Director, met with the Acting Garda Commissioner, Dónall Ó Cualáin, today in Dundalk Garda Station. Homeland Security Investigations has provided invaluable assistance to An Garda Síochána during the investigation into the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe.
“An Garda Síochána acknowledges and is grateful for the contribution made by members of the public throughout the last five years of the investigation. The investigation continues and we again appeal to the public for their assistance in the investigation,” the statement read.
Anyone who has, or believes they may have, information is asked to contact Dundalk Garda Station (042) 9388470 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.