Thursday 22 February 2018

Adrian Donohoe murder suspect could be deported from United States 'in days'

Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe
Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe

Ken Foy

A suspect in the murder of hero Garda Adrian Donohoe could be deported from the United States as early as Monday morning and it is expected he will be arrested by gardaí at Dublin Airport.

The 25-year-old, who is originally from South Armagh, was detained by Immigration and Control Enforcement officials in New York on Thursday after he overstayed his visa.

He is being held this weekend in the Hudson Detention Centre in New Jersey.

The man is due to be arrested and brought before a judge when he arrives back in this country, but this is not in relation to the murder of the popular detective.

"This individual is wanted in relation to some minor road traffic offences here but there is no warrant for his arrest in relation to the murder of Adrian Donohoe," a senior source said last night.

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"If gardaí get the opportunity they will question him in relation to the murder but charges are a long way away in this case," the source added.

The 25-year-old had been working as an illegal immigrant in the construction business in New York and Boston.

Sources say that many of the people who he associated with in the United States were "completely unaware" he was a suspect in the murder of the hugely respected detective garda.

US authorities yesterday confirmed the detention of "an Irish national" and said he failed to leave the US on expiration of his visa.

Garda Donohoe (41) was shot dead in the line of duty during an armed robbery at the Lordship Credit Union in Bellurgan, near Dundalk, Co Louth, on the night of January 25, 2013.

No one has ever been brought to justice in relation to the incident and the five-man gang who were involved in the attack escaped the scene with just €4,000.

Meanwhile, the Annual Garda Memorial Day for members of An Garda Síochána killed in the line of duty will take place at the Dubh Linn Gardens, Dublin, today where Garda Donohoe will be remembered.

Irish Independent

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