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Aaron Brady

Aaron Brady

Aaron Brady

The man accused of the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe denied in Garda interviews that he made a confession to his flatmate's girlfriend, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

The jury in the trial of Aaron Brady (29), who denies capital murder, has been hearing evidence of Garda interviews carried out with the accused after he was arrested in Dublin in relation to the murder of Det-Gda Donohoe.

Gardaí gave evidence he was detained by members of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) in 2018 before being arrested on suspicion of murder.

The court was told that in a later Garda interview a statement from Molly Staunton, the girlfriend of his flatmate while he lived in New York, was put to him.

The jury was told yesterday he replied: "I don't accept any conversation took place with Molly Staunton that I confessed to the offence I am arrested for."

Aaron Brady has pleaded not guilty to the capital murder of Det-Gda Donohoe (41), who was then a member of An Garda Síochána acting in the course of his duty at Lordship Credit Union in Bellurgan, Dundalk, Co Louth, on January 25, 2013.

The accused, of New Road in Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, also denies robbery of approximately €7,000 in cash and assorted cheques from Pat Bellew at the same location on the same date.

The jury heard evidence of the arrest of Mr Brady and subsequent Garda interviews carried out in 2018.

A number of gardaí were called to give evidence in relation to interviews carried out with the accused while he was in custody.

Det-Gda Jim McGovern, of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI), agreed that he read out a number of statements to the accused previously taken from him in 2013.

The court heard that Aaron Brady told gardaí: "I remember being here, ya, and giving a statement and anything other than that is going to be no comment unless there's anything incorrect or shouldn't be so."

Det-Sgt Paul Gill gave evidence that on March 2, 2018, he carried out an interview with the accused.

The court was told that a statement from Molly Staunton was put to Aaron Brady and he was asked who she is.

The jury were told that the accused responded: "I don't accept any conversation took place with Molly Staunton that I confessed to the offence I am arrested for."

Ms Staunton has given evidence in the trial that she heard the accused say he had shot a cop.

Det-Gda McGovern was recalled to give evidence in relation to an interview he conducted along with Det-Sgt Mark Phillips of the NBCI, now a Garda Inspector, on March 3, 2018.

The court was told Aaron Brady was asked whether he wished to say anything in relation to the incident, and that he replied: "I just want to state I deny any involvement in relation to the offence for which I'm being detained."

He was asked whether he wished to make any changes to his statement and he replied: "I strongly deny any involvement in the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe. I strongly deny any confession to the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe and any other offence put to me here in interview."

Mr Justice Michael White also told the jury it was "likely" the prosecution case would finish by this Friday and there was a possibility of one more US witness giving evidence in the trial that would require an afternoon sitting.

The jury was told it was "certainly coming into the closing stages of the trial".

Irish Independent