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Murder accused claims he is victim of gardaí and media

Aaron Brady has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe

A CO ARMAGH man accused of murdering a garda officer in Co Louth seven years ago has said he believes he is a victim of gardaí and the media.

Aaron Brady (28), of New Road, Crossmaglen, denies murdering Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe at the Lordship Credit Union in January 2013.

He also denies a second charge of robbing €7,000 in cash and cheques at the same date and location.

Mr Brady yesterday took the stand for a second day in the Central Criminal Court trial.

He said previous witness Molly Staunton was "mistaken" when she testified that he had said he had shot a garda.

Mr Brady also said Daniel Cahill, who gave similar evidence to the court, was a "psychopathic liar".

He agreed when prosecuting counsel Brendan Grehan asked whether the accused was "the victim in all of this".

"That's correct," he responded, adding that he was a victim of the media and gardaí.

Mr Brady said gardaí had gone to his partner Danielle's home in Tralee and "blackened" his name.

He admitted he lied about being in a diesel laundering yard in Armagh, about his curfew and about driving a van.

He said it then "spiralled out of control", but insisted he was not lying when he said he did not kill Mr Donohoe.

The accused accepted he had asked his former partner to give him a false alibi, and he had "no alibi" for where he was when the detective was shot dead.

He told the court he was in the diesel laundering yard in Armagh on his own.

He said that no-one was there with him, "but other people knew".

The trial continues.

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