A garda inspector who spoke to a man accused of the murder of a garda has testified that Aaron Brady told him the day after the fatal shooting that he had only heard about it that morning.

Mr Brady has denied he said this to Inspector John Moroney when he was stopped the following day and claimed the garda was either mistaken or malicious.

The inspector was recalled to the witness box today to give evidence on the matter.

He said he sat down with Aaron Brady the day after the murder and the accused told him he had only heard that day that Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe had been shot dead the night before.

Inspector Moroney said he made a note of the comment but did not read it back to Mr Brady before he put it in a garda report and subsequent statement.

Aaron Brady has already testified that he first heard of the murder approximately an hour and a quarter after it had happened.

The 29-year-old, from New Road, Crossmaglen in Co Armagh, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Detective Garda Donohoe and to a second charge of robbing €7,000 in cash and cheques at the Lordship Credit Union on 25 January 2013.

The defence has finished its case and the prosecution will begin its closing speech tomorrow.

Mr Justice Michael White told the jury he will explain the law and summarise the facts of the case before it is sent out to deliberate.

He said he expects his charge to the jury to take three days.