A businessman from Co Armagh wanted as part of the Adrian Donohoe murder investigation has been refused bail for a third time by a London court.
James Flynn (31) has been remanded in custody despite over €1m in sureties being put forward by friends and family to secure his release.
Westminster Magistrates Court also heard that he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, which makes him “vulnerable” in custody, where he has been since his arrest in London last May.
Gardaí are seeking to extradite and charge Mr Flynn with robbery at Lordship credit union in Dundalk on January 25, 2013, as well as conspiracy to commit burglary.
Det Gda Donohoe was on a cash escort that night when he was ambushed by a five-man gang and shot dead. Aaron Brady (30) from Crossmaglen was convicted of his murder last year.
Objecting to bail, Amanda Bostock, for the Crown, said the burglary offence involved six domestic break-ins “committed within an organised crime group”.
The court heard that high-value cars were stolen during these crimes and that one of those vehicles was the getaway car used in the credit union robbery.
Ms Bostock added that Flynn was the “best friend” of Brady and provided him with a false alibi.
She also argued the requested person failed to cooperate with gardaí and knew he was a suspect early on in the investigation after homes linked to him were searched.
Within three months of the credit union robbery, Mr Flynn and “the shooter” moved to the US, Ms Bostock said.
She said he is somebody “who cannot be trusted on bail” and who has “very, very limited ties to this jurisdiction”.
His barrister, Graeme Hall, said he “absolutely refutes any involvement” in the offences.
He said his client is a person of good character, with no previous convictions, and that there is no evidence Mr Flynn deliberately provided incorrect information to gardaí.
The court heard that his wife is six months pregnant and finding it difficult to cope alone with their three-year-old son.
Mr Hall said that his client had started a new paving business with some associates in London and had also operated a driveway business in Boston.
Some £195,000 in cash was being put forward as a security along with £965,000 in the form of a surety, which included properties owned by his cousin and mother.
Ms Bostock said that the Flynn family were property owners who traded in high-value cars and that these sums were not a substantial increase in surety.
The judge added that Mr Flynn was living away from his family when he was arrested and that there were substantial grounds to refuse bail.
He was remanded in custody and will appear before the court again in January via video-link.