Suspect charged in Det Garda Adrian Donohoe murder case

A special sitting of Dundalk District Court will take place tonight

Barry Landy

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Suspect charged in Det Garda Adrian Donohoe murder case

Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was murdered in 2013

Gardai have charged a man in connection with the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe in Bellurgan five years ago. 

A male in his 20s, who was arrested a week ago and who had been detained in relation to this investigation is scheduled to appear before a special sitting of Dundalk District Court tonight (Sunday, March 4th) at 8pm charged in connection with the investigation. 

On Sunday morning, An Garda Siochana confirmed a man in his 60s who was arrested in Dundalk on Monday evening last (February, 26th) in connection with the murder had been released without charge.

He was being held and questioned at Balbriggan Garda Station in relation to the 2013 murder at Lordship Credit Union. He was released from custody on Saturday night and a file, Gardai say, is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

'The investigation is ongoing and further updates will follow,' the spokesperson said. 

Dundalk Gardai had made two separate requests last week to Dundalk District Court to have the charged suspect’s period of detention extended by 48 and 72 hours, both of which were granted by the judge.

In total, he spent seven days in custody – the maximum of 168 hours - before Gardai had to make the decision to charge or release without charge. He is a 28-year-old male from South Armagh. 

The latest development means officers have brought charges in the high profile murder investigation for the very first time, over five years since the killing of the father-of-two in Bellurgan.