Saturday 17 March 2018

Adrian Donohoe murder suspect facing deportation back to Ireland after US arrest

Det Gda Adrian Donohoe Picture: PA
Det Gda Adrian Donohoe Picture: PA

Ken Foy

A suspect for the murder of hero Garda Adrian Donohoe is facing deportation back to Ireland after being arrested yesterday for immigration offences in New York.

The 25-year-old, who is originally from South Armagh, was detained by Immigration and Control Enforcement officials after he overstayed his visa.

The suspect was arrested as part of US President Donald Trump’s high profile crackdown on illegal immigration.

Officials in the US had placed the murder suspect under surveillance over the last number of months at the request of the Gardaí.

It is believed that a former associate of the man, who is currently living in Ireland, has been assisting gardai with their inquiries.

"This person has essentially turned against this individual and other members of the gang and is providing valuable information to investigating. They were a close cohort but now cracks are beginning to emerge and people who were in the gangs inner-circle are beginning to see sense," a source said.

It is understood that gardai hope to question the suspect as soon as he returns to Ireland.

Two other suspected members of the five-man murder gang are also believed to be in the United States while the other suspect lives near Dundalk, co Louth.

The  tragic 41-year-old father-of-two was shot dead in the line of duty during an armed robbery at the Lordship Credit Union in Bellurgan, near Dundalk, Co Louth, on the morning of January 25, 2013.

No one has ever been brought to justice in relation to the incident and the gang of involved in the attack escaped the scene with just €4,000.

On the fourth anniversary of Det Gda Donohoe's murder in January, senior gardaí made a fresh appeal for anyone with information in relation to the murder to contact them.

"Over the last four years, investigating officers have carried over 5,600 individual enquiries, taken over 2,500 witness statements and examined in excess of 20,000 hours of CCTV footage," Assistant Garda Commissioner Michael Finn said.

Chief Supt Sean Ward, of Dundalk garda station, said that An Garda Síochána was working with police forces in the US and UK as part of the murder investigation.

"We are engaged and working closely with police forces in the United States, in Europe and with colleagues in the Police Service of Northern Ireland, and as I said at the outset, our objective is that no stone will be left unturned in terms of bringing those responsible to justice," he said at the time.

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