Friday 28 November 2014

Getaway car in garda murder was stolen earlier in week

Published 29/01/2013 | 13:15

Jim Corr of the Corrs signs a book of condolences at Dundalk Garda Station this evening for Garda Adrian Donoghue
Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, who was attached to the Detective Unit in Dundalk, who died following a shooting incident at the Lordship Credit Union at Bellurgan, near Dundalk. Photo: PA
Gardai Amanda O'Brien and Ailish O'Connell sign a book of condolences for Det Gda Adrian Donohoe at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photo: Collins
28/01/13 Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter signs a book of condolences at Dundalk Garda Station this evening for Garda Adrian Donoghue ...Picture Colin Keegan, Collins, Dublin.
28.1.13. The book of condolences full of signatures at St Patrick's GFC in Lordship, Co Louth. Picture Ciara Wilkinson.
28.1.13. Louth Fianna Fail Deputy Seamus Kirk signs the book of condolences at St Patrick's GFC in Lordship, Co Louth. Picture Ciara Wilkinson.
A portrait of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe in Dundalk Garda Station, following his murder by armed raiders on Friday evening during a credit union hold-up. Photo: PA
28/01/13 Jim Corr of the Corrs signs a book of condolences at Dundalk Garda Station this evening for Garda Adrian Donoghue ...Picture Colin Keegan, Collins, Dublin.
28.1.13. People queue outside Dundalk Garda Station to sign the book of condolences for murdered Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe. Picture Ciara Wilkinson.
28.1.13. People queue outside Dundalk Garda Station to sign the book of condolences for murdered Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe. Picture Ciara Wilkinson.

GARDAI have established that the getaway car used by the gang who murdered Det Garda Adrian Donohoe outside a credit union premises last Friday was stolen in Clogherhead, Co Louth, earlier in the week.

The car, a dark grey VW Passat, was found abandoned in a wood near Darkley in south Armagh on Sunday.



Forensic tests on the car, which was burnt out, have allowed that gardai to identify it - and determine that it had been stolen shortly before the robbery.



The find has firmed up the theory that a cross Border crime gang, responsible for a spate of robberies and burglaries in the north Louth and south Armagh area in the past couple of years, carried out the murder.



A number of that gang are already well known to the gardai and the PSNI.



The Passat was driven erratically away from the murder scene at Lordship, Jenkinstown, on Friday night and headed directly for the Border.



Officers have appealed to anyone who spotted a speeding Passat on either side of the Border that night to contact them at the murder investigation headquarters in Dundalk, or on the garda confidential line, 1800 666111.



The Irish Independent revealed that Garda Donohoe had been deliberately targeted by the gang, who jumped over a wall to shoot him as he stepped up of his patrol car to find out why the exit from the car park was blocked by the Passat.



He was shot in the head at close range by one of the killers.

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