Aaron Brady has been found guilty of the capital murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe.
On Monday, the 29-year-old, from Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh, was convicted of taking part in an armed robbery that led to Detective Donohoe being shot dead in 2013.
BREAKING ⚖️ Aaron Brady has been found guilty of the capital murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe. Eleven of the twelve jurors believed he was the one who shot Detective Donohoe from close range during an armed robbery outside Lordship Credit Union, Co. Louth in Jan 2013.
— Frank Greaney (@FrankGreaney) August 12, 2020
It has been seven years since Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was shot dead in the line of duty during an armed robbery outside Lordship Credit Union in Co. Louth.
On a cold and wet Friday night in January 2013, he was assigned to escort a cash convoy to Dundalk for safe deposit.
At 9.29 pm, Aaron Brady and three other masked men jumped a wall at the back of the credit union and ran towards the convoy.
Detective Donohoe stepped out of his unmarked Garda car to see what was going on, and without hesitation, Brady shot him in the face from close range.
The local detective didn’t even have time to draw his weapon. He died instantly.
Brady lied about his whereabouts when he was stopped the following day. He later claimed he was engaged in illegal diesel laundering at the time of the shooting.
But the jurors didn’t believe him. On Monday, they convicted him of robbery, and today he was found guilty of the capital murder of Detective Donohoe after 20 hours of jury deliberations.
Meanwhile, President of the Garda Representative Association Jum Mulligan says "No verdict and no sentence can ever replace the life taken from them. Adrian’s two children, who are still young, will never get their father back. Caroline, Adrian’s wife, will never get her husband back. We can only hope that today’s verdict begins the process of bringing healing and closure to Adrian’s family."
*Reporting by Frank Greaney