The Director of Public Prosecutions has directed that a man accused of the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe in 2013 will face trial on indictment.

Trial on indictment means the accused will face trial in the Central Criminal Court.

Aaron Brady, 27, from New Road, Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, is charged with the murder of Det Garda Donohoe at Lordship Credit Union, Bellurgan, Co Louth, on 25 January 2013.

Mr Brady denies the charge.

Det Garda Donohoe (below) had been on a cash escort with colleagues when he was shot dead during a robbery in the car park of the credit union.

Adrian Donohoe

Mr Brady was charged last Sunday and remanded in custody following an appearance before Dundalk District Court.

He faced his second hearing today, appearing via video-link at Cloverhill District Court.

Mr Brady spoke a number of times initially confirming his name and later to confirm instructions to his lawyers.

State solicitor Michael Murphy asked Judge Victor Blake to adjourn the case for four weeks, adding that the DPP has directed "trial on indictment".

Judge Blake further remanded Mr Brady in custody pending the preparation of a book of evidence.

The case will resume on 6 April.