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Brady told girlfriend by text he wanted to 'get away', trial hears


Aaron Brady denies murder

Aaron Brady denies murder

Aaron Brady denies murder

A man on trial for capital murder texted his girlfriend saying he wanted go to the cinema to "get away until this blows over", the day after Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was shot dead, a court has heard.

The text from Aaron Brady (29), who denies murder, was one of around 10 messages sent in the hours before and after the fatal shooting which were later deleted from her phone.

The Central Criminal Court heard there were almost 10,000 pieces of information recovered from the mobile of Jessica King, who was in a relationship with the accused in January 2013.

One text, sent from Ms King to Mr Brady at 2.37pm on January 26, 2013, read: "She's in the shower. I don't want to go anywhere. I'm in such bad form because my mas doing the Rulya at me."

He responded three minutes later, in a text that was later deleted, saying: "Please Jess I just want to get away till this blows over ill prob just go into them tomorrow everything will be ok tell them its fine i just wanna go and get something to eat away from here and go to the cinema am just p***ed off please."

Mr Brady, of New Road in Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, has pleaded not guilty to the capital murder of Det Gda Donohoe (41), who was then a member of An Garda Siochana acting in the course of his duty at Lordship Credit Union in Bellurgan, Co Louth, on January 25, 2013.

He also denies the robbery of about €7,000 in cash and cheques from Pat Bellew at the same place on the same date.

Sgt Karen Coughlan gave evidence that Ms King gave her phone to the PSNI on January 26, 2013, and that the device was later analysed.

The jury were then taken through the information contained on the phone, which the witness agreed were created between January 13 and 26, 2013.


In one text message, on January 22, Mr Brady told his girlfriend he "was promised money this week" and could pay off money for a car "with all going well".

Messages exchanged in the hours before the fatal shooting and robbery, which happened at 9.29pm, were also read out in court.

One deleted text sent from Mr Brady at 7.54pm read: "Just have to load the lorry but it will only take an hour or 2. This phone is gonna go dead. ill text you soon as am home and get it charged love you x'.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Michael White and the jury of eight men and seven women this morning.