Saturday 15 December 2018

Donohoe murder charges expected

Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe
Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe

Olivia Ryan

The investigation into the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe is expected to result in an arrest over the coming months, it was reported last week.

It is almost five years since the Dundalk based detective was shot and killed during a botched raid of Lordship Credit Union on January 25th 2013.

He was providing an armed escort with his colleague Gda. Joseph Ryan when their car was blocked in by a Volkswagen Passat.

Det. Garda Donohoe, 41, was shot dead when he got out of his patrol car to investigate.

Now it has been reported that sufficient evidence has been garnered to bring charges against a suspect at some point in 2018.

A report in the Irish edition of the 'Sunday Times' last week claimed that Garda sources have identified all the members of the gang involved, including the man they believe fired the fatal shot.

The suspect, who is from Co Armagh, is serving a sentence for an unrelated offence. Two other suspects were reported to be living in Massachusetts in the USA, and a fourth is said to be living between Newry and Dundalk.

The report claimed that detectives investigating the murder are consulting the director of public prosecutions on what charges can be brought against the suspect, and others who helped him,.

'Garda intelligence suggests the gang imploded after the murder, in part because some of those involved and their families were overwhelmed by remorse,' according to reporter John Mooney.

The murder weapon - a sawn-off shotgun - has never been found but searches have been carried out just across the border after reports it was buried on farmland near a cottage in Crossmaglen, Co Armagh.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland searched the area last September as part of the murder investigation but failed to locate the weapon.

As the fifth anniversary of the Detective Garda's death approaches questions continue about where the investigation currently stands

Det.Gda Donohoe was posthumously awarded a gold Scott Medal for exceptional courage and bravery at a ceremony in 2016.

The Argus