This afternoon.

Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin.

Caroline Donohoe, widow of Det. Garda Adrian Donohoe, addresses the media after a jury returned a majority verdict of guilty of Capital Murder on her husband’s killer, Aaron Brady.



Aaron Brady (left) and Det. Garda Adrian Donohoe.

This afternoon.

After the longest trial in the history of the Irish State, Aaron Brady has been found guilty of of the Capital Murder of Det. Garda Adrian Donohoe outside Lordship Credit Union, County Louth seven years ago.

Via RTÉ News:

The prosecution alleged that Brady was the gunman who “wore the shooting as a badge of honour” when he moved to the US a few months later where he believed he was “beyond the arm of the law”.

In order to convict Brady of capital murder, the jury had to be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Brady knew he was shooting a Garda on active duty or was reckless as to whether or not he was a Garda.

On the sixth day of deliberations the five men and seven women, returned a verdict of guilty of capital murder.

Aaron Brady found guilty of capital murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe (RTÉ)

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15 thoughts on “Verdict

    1. Larry

      And those on the run are now looking over their shoulders
      Add on top of sentence double rah year this bastard was on the run

      May his cell be dark dank and a hell hole

  1. spud

    1 jury member did not find him guilty.
    Would love to know his/her reasons…

    Super work by all involved. I was afraid no one would ever be brought to justice for this, despite it being reported early on that the main suspect seemed to be known.

    1. Art Vandelay

      Without wanting to start an all out flame war, because I’m not, but they might have found him not guilty out of the lack of a real damning piece of evidence. As in they wanted some real forensic evidence to convict him as opposed to the old fashioned eye-witness route this case seemed to take. The CSI effect. Happens a lot in cases in America these days when they follow up with jurors after the fact. The value of an eye witness has gone to pot seemingly.

    2. J Dizzle

      Who knows, lots of people sympathetic towards criminals. I hope this swine rots in prison for the full 40 years. Swanning around New York telling people ‘he shot a cop’ like he was a great fella. I’d say he got some shock when the Gardai came over to get him. Pity we can’t get a few more of these scumbags off our streets.

  2. d

    only asking because i cant find the answer online, what is the sentence for capital murder. normal murder conviction is life (albeit potential parole). Whats capital murder, life with little chance of parole?

    1. The Old Boy

      “The court in the case of treason or murder [to which section 3 applies] shall in passing sentence specify as the minimum period of imprisonment to be served by that person a period of not less than forty years”.

      Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1990.

        1. d

          Thanks Old Boy and Ouch. So since 40 years is less than life, and isnt there a 1/3 reduction for good behaviour. so will be free around 26 years. But if he got life in prison, this would technically be life in prison, albeit could get parole.

          accuseds generally could take the risk and try and get the guilty but insane verdict. But no telling how long the state would keep you locked up in a mental institute.

          1. The Old Boy

            The exact operation of Section 4 of the 1990 Act is yet to be tested, as no-one has been convicted of capital murder since the abolition of the death penalty. In the case of Callan v Ireland, the Supreme Court held that a commuted death penalty was legally equivalent to a term of imprisonment of 40 years. The State had argued that a commuted death sentence was not an ordinary term of imprisonment and therefore not subject to remission. Several men who had death sentences commuted were released, having served 30 years or more, as a result of this decision.

            Section 4 of the 1990 Act operates differently to a commuted death sentence. The term of imprisonment will be “life imprisonment with a minimum term of 40 years”. The 1990 Act allows for this “minimum term” to be reduced in an analogous but not completely identical way to remission (see Section 5(2) of the 1990 Act.) Therefore, after around 26 years, with a reduction analogous to enhanced remission, Brady will not become eligible for release, but rather, eligible to be considered for parole. There will undoubtedly be a legal battle over the meaning, mechanics and Constitutionality of this in 26 years’ time.

  3. Scundered

    A good result given the tragic circumstances, it’ll never be a severe enough penalty to balance the grief of the family.

    I sadly hope all that perpetrators remaining days remind him what a waste he made of his life.

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