Aaron Brady was sentenced for a life imprisonment for murdering Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe.
The judge imposed a minimum 40 years of imprisonment on Brady, under the Criminal Justice Act 1990. The Justice also imposed another 14 years of imprisonment on Brady for robbery as well and this sentence will run concurrently with the life sentence.
Following the trial, Brady was found guilty by a majority jury on August 11 this year. He was sentenced yesterday in the Central Criminal Court. Special arrangements were for gardaí and others to view the proceedings.
Adrian Donohoe was killed on January 25, 2013 while he was in his duty at Lordship Credit Union, Bellurgan, Co Louth.
Brady was convicted last month of embezzling $ 7,000 from a credit union on this date.
After the hearing Caroline Donohoe, wife of Adrian Donohoe, said that her husband’s death had made a serious impact on her and their children’s life and she said that the emotions will be same for all who loved Adrian.
“We had a loving, happy family, but in just 58 senseless seconds everything changed forever,” she said in the court yesterday.
Caroline was asked to visit the scene within a short period after the murder to identify her husband’s body.
She said that she will never recover fully from what she saw there. “My heart breaks every time I pass there and sometimes I can’t get the images out of my mind for hours. Nothing and nobody will ever replace Adrian in our home.” She added.
“We visit his grave every week, which is some comfort, but it’s no place for him. He should be here with us living his life,” said Hugh and Peggy Detective Garda Donohoe’s parents.
The Garda released a statement right after the sentence in which An Garda Síochána said that today was another difficult day for Adrian Donohoe’s family, friends and Garda colleagues.
“We in An Garda Síochána will continue to support the family, and the friends and colleagues of Adrian. An Garda Síochána’s resolve to bring all the participants in this crime to justice remains firm and the investigation team at Dundalk will continue to be supported by the resources of the wider organisation.” Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said.
He also said that Aaron Brady was just one person of the gang who attacked Adrian.
In an appeal issues by An Garda Síochána, they asks people to come forward and give information regarding the murderers if they know any.
People with any sort of information regarding the murder of Adrian can contact Dundalk Garda Station on 042 9388400, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.