Gardai investigating the murder of Det Garda Adrian Donohoe have exhibited two article of evidence at a press conference in Dublin this afternoon.
A hammer found and the scene and a car seat that was in the car used in the fatal robbery at the time it was stolen was revealed to the press.
The hammer, used in the panel beating trade, was found at the scene at Lordship Credit Union and forensic tests are ongoing. Gardai wish to talk to anyone who may have recently had such a hammer stolen or who may have information relating the particular hammer.
The a brand new yellow and blue Cosatto car seat was in the Graphite Blue Volkswagon Passatt when it was stolen from Clogherhead between 11.30pm on Tuesday 22nd January and 4.30pm on Wednesday 23rd January, 2013. GardaI wish to speak to anyone who may have come into contact with the seat, either when they were given it or possibly if someone tried to sell it to them.
Speaking at the press conference, Supt Gerry Curley of Dundalk Garda Station said; “We believed that this car seat was not in the car at the time it was used in the robbery and murder on Friday night 25 January. We are appealing to anybody who may have been offered this seat for sale or any unsuspecting person who may have purchased it. It may also have been dumped from the car or could have been given to a gift to someperson.”
“On examination of the scene a hammer was located which we believe was used by the persons involved in the robbery and murder. It is described as a precision mallet type hammer. The hammer which we have is undergoing extensive forensic testing.
“...it has a black rubber handle, a painted red section of handle and a soft rubber head.”
Gardai also denited that the investigation was winding down and said that areas of investigation had concluded, including the harvesting of CCTV, and the taking of 800 statements. They also said that they were following over 2000 lines of inquiry into the murder and that progress was being made.