'Evil and pointless' Garda Adrian Donohoe's parents say he did not deserve to be 'shot down in such a brutal way'
Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe's parents have said their son's murder was "a waste of a good man for such an evil and pointless act".
Speaking at a sentence hearing on Wednesday morning Hugh and Peggy Donohoe said their son deserved the chance to live to old age and not to be "shot down in such a brutal way".
In a written statement read by their son Alan they said: "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."
Aaron Brady (28) of New Road, Crossmaglen, Co Armagh was convicted in August of capital murder for shooting Detective Garda Donohoe dead during a robbery at Lordship Credit Union on January 25, 2013.
He was jailed for life today with a minimum time of 40 years behind bars.
Brady was also convicted of the robbery of €7,000.
Mr Justice Michael White heard evidence about the offence this morning and has asked for time to prepare a sentence in relation to the robbery.
He also said that he wished to say a few words about the murder.
In a statement this afternoon, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris paid tribute to the late detective.
He said: "My thoughts and those of the Garda Organisation are once again today with Adrian Donohoe’s family. We in An Garda Síochána will continue to support the family, and the friends and colleagues of Adrian. An Garda Siochana'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.”
"An Garda Síochána appeals to any person with any information with respect to the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe to come forward to detectives with that information. The investigation team can be contacted at Dundalk Garda Station 042-9388400 the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station."