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Probe Garda killer Aaron Brady's associate is sixth man arrested over trial intimidation


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An associate of garda murderer Aaron Brady has been arrested by detectives investigating a campaign of intimidation during the Adrian Donohoe murder trial.

The suspect, who is aged in his 50s, was being detained in a garda station in Co Monaghan last night.

He is the sixth man to be arrested by officers from the gardaí's National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI) as part of the intimidation probe.

The Herald can reveal that the arrested man, who was not previously known to gardaí, has visited the killer in jail since he was moved to Portlaoise prison, where he is serving his life sentence on A wing in the country's highest security jail.

The arrested man, who is prominent in GAA circles, has played a big part in a recently launched online "campaign for justice" on behalf of the twisted killer from Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, which has attracted the support of many conspiracy theorists.

He was arrested after travelling to Co Monaghan from Northern Ireland.

Gardai revealed on Friday morning that he has since been released from custody.

A spokesperson for An Garda Siochana said: "A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. This was the sixth arrest in this investigation.

Garda killer Brady is also expected to be arrested by gardaí as part of the widescale intimidation investigation that is being carried out by specialist officers from the Cold Case Unit.

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His associate, who was being detained in the Co Monaghan station, is expected to be released without charge with a file to be prepared for the DPP.

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This is exactly what happened to five criminals who have been previously lifted as part of the same probe.

Last month, The Herald revealed that a very close associate of slain Coolock criminal Jamie Tighe-Ennis (24), who was shot dead as part of a northside feud in October 2017, was the fifth suspect to be arrested.

The suspect, who is in his late 20s and who has previous convictions for firearms offences and violent disorder, was detained at the Bridewell garda station where he was grilled by the NBCI detectives.

This man was previously closely connected to the north inner city gang who were involved in a bitter feud with the mob led by paedophile gangster Christy Griffin.

A week earlier, on October 8, the last four suspects were arrested.

A 46-year-old man who was arrested and brought to Raheny garda station is currently serving a two-year suspended jail term in relation to heroin possession.

Also arrested was a reckless 29-year-old career criminal from Darndale who has been homeless in recent times and is suspected of "passing on messages from jail to the outside" for cash.

North inner city criminal Glen Holland (37), who is aligned to the Kinahan cartel and who was arrested in Mountjoy Prison, was also released without charge after being quizzed by detectives.

Also arrested in the same jail was Dean Byrne (28), a violent north Dublin criminal with more than 120 convictions, who is currently serving a lengthy sentence for aggravated burglary.

A mobile, a charger and notebooks were seized in a search of Holland's cell in late August.

Brady was sentenced to 40 years' imprisonment for the capital murder of Detective Adrian Donohoe.

The thug, now known as prisoner 74326, is the first person in 35 years to be convicted and jailed for capital murder.

He was given a 14-year concurrent jail term for the armed robbery of €7,000 at Lordship Credit Union in Bellurgan, Co Louth on January 25, 2013.

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