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The Adrian Donohoe murder accused has denied telling a key prosecution witness he is the most feared man in Ireland.

Aaron Brady (29), who has pleaded not guilty to capital murder, was giving evidence for a fifth day at the Central Criminal Court.

Under cross-examination by Brendan Grehan SC, prosecuting, Mr Brady was asked about evidence given by Molly Staunton who says she heard the accused admit to shooting a guard.

Mr Brady accepted she was a truthful witness doing her best and agreed with aspects of her account but said she was mistaken about him saying he had shot a cop and he denied making any admissions. He also said the word 'cop' was not in his vocabulary and said he would use either 'guard' or 'police'.

"The fact is I didn't shoot Adrian Donohoe. I didn't shoot anybody," he said.

Counsel also asked Mr Brady if he told Ms Staunton he was "the most feared man in Ireland". Mr Brady laughed when this was put to him, saying: "I definitely didn't say that. That's ridiculous."

Mr Brady of Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, has pleaded not guilty to the capital murder of Mr Donohoe (41) at Lordship Credit Union in Bellurgan, Co Louth, on January 25, 2013. He also denies robbery. The trial continues on Monday.

Irish Independent