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Garda murder accused 'can't recall' two calls to suspect


Aaron Brady. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson

Aaron Brady. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson

Aaron Brady. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson

The man accused of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe's murder yesterday told the trial he can't recall what he and another suspect spoke about in two phone calls over an hour after the fatal shooting.

Aaron Brady (29), who denies murder, was being cross-examined for a third day at the Central Criminal Court. Prosecution counsel Brendan Grehan SC took the accused through phone traffic of mobiles attributed to him and two other men who are also suspected of involvement but cannot be named for legal reasons.

The court was told the phones of the three men were inactive an hour before and after the murder, and that more than 80 minutes after the robbery Mr Brady got a 67-second call from Suspect B.

Asked what they spoke about, he said he could not remember and could not recall what they discussed in a 52-second call 10 minutes later.

Mr Brady said he was loading a trailer in a yard in Cullaville, south Armagh, and wasn't with the other men during this two-hour period.

Earlier, the court was shown CCTV footage of the robbery and murder in Lordship, Co Louth, which was carried out in less than a minute.

Mr Brady said he couldn't say whether four people seen jumping over the credit union wall and running towards the vehicles in the car park moved like young men.

An enhanced audio recording, taken from the dashcam of credit union worker Pat Bellew's car, was also played to the court. A man can be heard shouting: "Give me the f**king bag, give me the f**king money."

The accused said he couldn't say whether the man's voice was a Border or local accent as he could not make it out.

Mr Brady, of New Road, Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Det Gda Donohoe (41), a member of An Garda Síochána, at Lordship Credit Union in Bellurgan, Dundalk, Co Louth, on January 25, 2013.

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The accused also denies robbery of around €7,000 in cash and cheques at the same location on the same date.

The trial continues.

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