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The jury in the Adrian Donohoe murder trial have suspended their deliberations for the weekend.

They will return to the Central Criminal Court in Dublin on Monday to continue considering their verdict in the case.

Aaron Brady (29) is on trial charged with capital murder and robbery at Lordship Credit Union on January 25, 2013.

It is the prosecution's case that the accused fired the fatal shot which killed Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe (41) during the armed raid.

Mr Brady denies the charge and says he was moving laundered diesel waste cubes at a yard in Cullaville, south Co Armagh, at the time of the robbery.

The jury of five men and seven women began considering their verdicts on Wednesday.

They have been deliberating for more than six hours so far.

Yesterday afternoon, Mr Justice Michael White suspended deliberations until Monday morning.

He told the jury not to talk to anybody about the case, which he said was at a "very sensitive" stage, and to put the trial out of their minds over the weekend.

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Mr Brady has pleaded not guilty to the capital murder of Det Gda Donohoe, 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.

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Mr Justice White has previously advised the jury to begin by considering the charge of robbery.

He said that if they find Mr Brady not guilty of that charge it would be illogical to find him guilty of the murder charge.


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