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Brady told big lies, little lies and clever lies, court is told

Jury hears accused believed he had escaped law in Bronx safe haven


Aaron Brady. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson

Aaron Brady. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson

Aaron Brady. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson

Aaron Brady has been described as a "skilled and practised liar" who wore the shooting of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe "like a badge of honour", the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Yesterday Lorcan Staines SC delivered the prosecution's closing speech in the trial of the 29-year-old who denies capital murder and robbery at Lordship Credit Union, Co Louth, on January 25, 2013.

He said the raid was ­carried out for a base criminal motive and that the gang was in ­pursuit of money through ­violence.

Mr Staines told the court the accused was under financial pressure at the time of the robbery and told his girlfriend he was expecting money that weekend.

Counsel said it was the prosecution's case that the accused fatally shot Det-Gda Donohoe from six to seven feet, at "point blank" range, and that he knew Mr Donohoe (41) was a garda acting in the course of his duty. Mr Staines told the jury that Aaron Brady was a "skilled and practised liar" who had taken disclosure given to him to sculpt an alibi.

He described the prosecution's case as an "overwhelmingly circumstantial" one together with the admissions from the mouth of the accused wrapped in a litany of lies.

The court was taken through CCTV footage from locations around Co Louth three nights before the murder when a Volkswagen Passat used in the robbery was stolen from Clogherhead. The jury was told there was also a silent period between phones of the accused phone and Suspect A at this time.

There was evidence a car matching Suspect A's vehicle, a BMW 5 Series, was captured on CCTV on Clogherhead main street that morning. Mr Staines told the jury it is not about the quality of the footage from that night, but rather the coincidence of the footage.

He said on the night of the murder phones belonging to Mr Brady and three other suspects were inactive an hour before and after the robbery.

Counsel added that, if this was an innocent occurrence, it would be an "extraordinary and unlucky" coincidence.

He also told the jury of the lies Mr Brady told - when giving a false account of his movements to Sgt John Moroney the day after the murder, when giving his ­voluntary statement to gardaí 10 days later, and when giving ­evidence from witness box.

Mr Staines said there were "big lies, little lies, clever lies, stupid lies, but all the lies were for the same purpose - the advantage of Aaron Brady".

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He added there were also "other funny coincidences". Within weeks of the robbery Mr Brady and three other ­suspects all left Ireland and travelled to "far flung corners of the world".

The accused, he said, ­settled in the Woodlawn area of the Bronx which he thought would be a safe haven, working in construction and playing GAA.

"He came to believe he was beyond the long arm of the law. As time went by his ­confidence grew and he wore the shooting of detective garda Adrian Donohoe like a badge of honour," Mr Staines said.

The court heard there was evidence given from US citizen Molly Staunton who said she heard Aaron Brady admit to murdering a cop.

Counsel said she was a ­witness with no animus, who was not motivated to lie, and that it would be "another extraordinary piece of bad luck" for the accused if Ms Staunton was mistaken.

He also recalled the evidence given by Daniel Cahill who testified he heard the accused admit on three separate occasions that he had murdered a Garda.

The jury will hear closing speeches from the defence on behalf of Aaron Brady on Monday.

The trial continues.

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