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Footage of gunman shown at trial into killing of garda

Adrian Donohoe

The trial of a Co Armagh man accused of the murder of garda Adrian Donohoe has been shown footage of a person holding a shotgun approach the unmarked Garda vehicle the officer was in.

CCTV footage was played to the jury at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin yesterday which captured the moment Det Gda Donohoe was shot dead outside a Louth Credit Union.

Dashcam video and audio from a vehicle parked in the car park at the time of the incident was also played.

Aaron Brady (28) is on trial charged with the murder of Mr Donohoe at the Lordship Credit Union in Bellurgan, Co Louth, on January 25, 2013.

Brady is also charged with the robbery of approximately €7,000 in cash and assorted cheques from Pat Bellew at the same location on the same date.

The accused, of New Road, Crossmaglen, has pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Garda Gareth Kenna, of Dundalk Garda Station, said he prepared footage for the court, which included video from two CCTV cameras at the Lordship Credit Union and one dashcam.

Two people appear from the right of the screen, where the rear credit union wall is, and "both individuals appear to be running towards the car park entrance where the unmarked Garda patrol car is," Gda Kenna told the court.

The first individual, the court heard, "appears to be pointing a long barrel shotgun across the roof" of the Garda car and a second person is behind him.

Gda Kenna said that the apparent shotgun appeared to be "fully extended at this point and in the next frame we see this individual appears to recoil and appears to almost hit the ground."

The trial is due to continue on Monday.

Belfast Telegraph