A 27-year-old man has been brought before a special sitting of Dundalk District Court, charged with the capital murder of a garda in Co Louth five years ago. 

Garda Adrian Donohoe was killed in the course of his duty in 2013

Aaron Brady from New Road, Crossmaglen, Co Armagh is accused of the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe in the course of his duty on 25 January 2013. 

He was remanded in custody for a week.

Detective Inspector Pat Marry gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution.

He told the court that he arrested Mr Brady at 6.57pm, and when he charged him at 8.05pm with the murder, Mr Brady replied: "I strongly deny any involvement in the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe".

Mr Brady's barrister, Conan Fegan BL, asked the Detective Inspector what time his client was released from the period of detention and where he was between the time he was arrested for the murder and charged with the murder.

Detective Inspector Marry said he was released from the period of detention and was immediately re-arrested for the murder. 

He also said that a new custody record had to be filled out and Mr Brady was held in custody in a garda cell until he was brought to court which, he said, was normal practice.

Mr Feegan then put it to the detective inspector that there was no DNA evidence but he was interrupted by the State solicitor for Co Louth, Fergus Mullen.

The detective inspector told him that the hearing was not for evidence it was an arrest, charge and caution issue and nothing else. 

Judge John Coughlan said: "I agree with that".

Mr Brady was granted free legal aid but when his barrister also sought two counsel, the judge told him that it was a matter for a higher court 

He was remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill Court by video link on Friday 9 March.