Convicted Garda killer Aaron Brady will stand trial in the Special Criminal Court without a jury on charges of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.
Brady (31) and his alleged accomplice Dean Byrne are charged with conspiring to persuade a key state witness not to testify at his trial for the murder of Garda Detective Adrian Donohoe. Gardaí served the pair with evidence books on Friday.
Brady of New Road, Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, had denied murder in the shooting death of Detective Garda Donohoe during a robbery at Lordship Credit Union in Co Louth on January 25, 2013. However, he was given a life sentence after he was found guilty by a Central Criminal Court jury in August 2020.
Following an investigation by the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI), Brady and two others were charged on April 4 with other offences.
Brady is accused of conspiring with Dean Byrne at Mountjoy prison to persuade Daniel Cahill, a witness for the prosecution in his trial, not to testify, to pervert the course of public justice, between April 8 and June 22, 2020 .
During the trial, which ran from January to August that year, Mr Cahill said he heard Brady say he had shot a garda.
Brady also faces a second charge that, on an unknown date between February 20 and May 7, 2020, he videotaped the playback of a videotaped witness interview between Ronan Flynn and gardaí, thereby launching himself in a course to pervert the public course. Justice.
Offenses can, if convicted, result in unlimited fines and jail time.
The case resumed before Judge Victor Blake in the Cloverhill district on Friday, with Brady appearing by video link from Portlaoise Jail having consented to a lawyer accepting service of the prosecution’s evidence book on his behalf.
State’s Attorney Michelle Sheeran told Judge Victor Blake that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) decided that the regular courts were unsuitable for the administration of justice in this case under the Section 46 of the Offenses Against the State Act. She asked the judge to grant a remand order for trial at a session of a special criminal court.
Judge Blake agreed to grant the trial order in the Special Criminal Court and the same order at the place of trial was granted for co-accused Dean Byrne, who also appeared by video link.
Detective Sergeant Frank Treacy delivered the evidence book to attorney Fergal Boyle, who acted as agent for Brady’s attorney Peter Corrigan and Garda Detective Kevin Lawless served his evidence book on the Byrne’s lawyer, John Feeney.
Judge Blake told them they would be informed when a date for their appearance before the Special Criminal Court had been set and warned them to inform the prosecution if they intended to use alibis in their defense .
The judge granted legal aid and ordered the gardaí to provide defense attorneys with copies of the video interviews.
Earlier the court heard that Brady and Byrne (29) of Cabra Park, Phibsborough, Dublin, failed to respond when charged.
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It has been alleged that a contraband phone was recovered from a cell in Mountjoy prison along with five recovered WhatsApp exchanges.
There were threads of messages and voice and audio messages to an anonymous contact with threats and offers to intimidate Mr Cahill. Gardaí alleges that Byrne was a “conduit” between Brady and others.
The third defendant, Glen Holland of Rory O’Connor House, Hardwicke Street, Dublin 1, was charged with unlawful possession of a mobile phone while in prison from August 7 to 28, 2020. However, his case is due in court in district. level.
Holland will appear in Dublin District Court next week to enter a plea.