Co Armagh man denies Garda Donohoe murder
A CO Armagh man accused of the murder of a Garda officer in Co Louth seven years ago has taken the stand to deny involvement.
Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was shot dead while on duty at the Lordship Credit Union in Bellurgan on January 25, 2013.
Aaron Brady from New Road, Crossmaglen previously pleaded not guilty to the murder.
He also denied a second charge of robbing €7,000 in cash and cheques on the same date.
Mr Brady took the stand in the Central Criminal Court on Monday to testify in his own defence.
Questioned by his own senior counsel, Michael O'Higgins, he was asked if he killed Det Garda Donohoe.
"No, I did not," he replied.
He was then asked if he participated in a robbery with some class of firearm.
Again, he replied: "No, I did not."
Mr O'Higgins then asked Mr Brady if he had admitted to killing Det Garda Donohoe. "No, never," he replied.
Mr Brady said that on the night of the murder he was involved in diesel laundering at a yard on the Concession Road in Co Armagh, saying this is why he lied to gardaí about his whereabouts at the time.
Mr Brady said he told them he had been at his girlfriend's home that evening on January 25, 2013 between 7pm and 3am the following morning.
"I knew it to be lies," he said.
"I shouldn't have lied," he said. "But I had nothing to do with the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe."
The defendant rejected claims from a witness who testified Mr Brady told him he had shot a Garda in Ireland.
Daniel Cahill has given evidence that Mr Brady told him this on three separate occasions in New York, twice at a bar in the city and once at a house party.
"I never said to Daniel Cahill that I shot anybody or murdered anybody," the 28-year-old told the Central Criminal Court.
The trial continues.