Aaron Brady has entered the stand to deny that he murdered Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe or that he participated in the credit union robbery in 2013 that resulted in the garda being shot dead.
Mr Brady told his defence counsel Michael O'Higgins SC that he never admitted to killing Det. Gda Donohoe and said that he was at a diesel laundering yard on Concession Road in Co Armagh at the time Det. Gda Donohoe was shot dead at a credit union in Lordship, Co. Louth.
Aaron Brady (aged 29) from New Road, Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh, has pleaded not guilty to the capital murder of Det. Gda Adrian Donohoe who was then a member of An Garda Siochana on active duty on January 25, 2013, at Lordship Credit Union, Bellurgan, Co. Louth. Mr Brady has also pleaded not guilty to a charge of robbing approximately €7,000 in cash and assorted cheques on the same date and at the same location.
Mr Brady took the stand this morning and has given details of his background, upbringing and time spent as an apprentice electrician and later as an advertising salesman.
Mr O'Higgins began his examination by asking him, "Did you kill Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe?" Mr Brady replied: "No I did not."
Mr O'Higgins continued, "Did you participate in a robbery armed with some class of a firearm?" He replied: "No, I did not."
Mr O'Higgins asked: "Have you ever admitted to killing Detective Garda Donohoe?"
He replied: "Never."
Mr Brady is continuing his evidence this morning in front of Mr Justice Michael White and a jury of six men and seven women at the Central Criminal Court.