Armagh man (27) charged with murder of Garda officer Adrian in 2013 armed robbery
An Armagh man has been charged with the shooting dead of a Garda detective more than five years ago during a hold-up in Co Louth.
Aaron Brady (27), of New Road, Crossmaglen, appeared before a special sitting of Dundalk District Court last night accused of the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe in January 2013.
The charge came after Brady had been detained in relation to the investigation.
He was charged with the murder of a police officer in the course of his duty under Section 3 of the Criminal Justice Act 1990.
When charged at 8.05pm yesterday, the accused replied: "I strongly deny any involvement in the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe."
The accused was remanded in custody and will appear before Cloverhill District Court on Friday. Brady wore a black coat, blue jeans and red runners during his appearance in court last night.
Det Gda Donohoe (41) was a married father-of-two and his widow Caroline attended the court hearing.
It is understood that a number of members of the US Department of Homeland Security were also in attendance.
A large crowd had gathered outside the courthouse before Brady arrived.
He was taken though a side entrance in a Garda vehicles.
Det Gda Donohoe was fatally shot during a botched robbery in the car park of the Lordship Credit Union on the Cooley Peninsula in Co Louth on January 25, 2013.
He had arrived on the scene with Det Garda Joe Ryan to act as an armed escort for a staff member depositing a bag of money into a bank night safe.
Det Garda Donohoe was shot at this point.
The robbery gang escaped with €4,000 in cash while Detective Donohoe lay dying at the scene.
Police believe that, after the shooting, the gang drove the getaway vehicle, a blue Volkswagen Passat, across the border to Fews Forest outside Newtownhamilton in Co Armagh and set it on fire.
Law enforcement agencies from around the world, including the PSNI, US agencies and European forces, have been assisting the Garda investigation.
On the fifth anniversary of Mr Donohoe's murder in January, his colleagues had vowed to hunt his killers "to the ends of the Earth".