Evading justice Killer Aaron Brady enjoyed a good life while on the run in the US
JUST months after disappearing from Ireland where he had become the prime suspect for the murder of Det Garda Adrian Donohoe, Aaron Brady turned up at a wedding in New York.
Then, aged 22-years-old, he had fled to the United States as the net began to tighten around his gang in 2013 in the wake of the disastrous robbery at Lordship Credit Union.
He had been part of cohort of young men involved in cross border crime, including diesel laundering.
Brady at the time was facing sentencing for ramming three taxis and garda van during a driving rampage through Dundalk in 2011.
He left Ireland in April when it became obvious that he was one of five people wanted for the callous murder.
After a tip-off, the Sunday World tracked Brady to an Irish wedding in upstate New York where he arrived from Boston with two other men in September.
It emerged that he had been able to use his contacts and had disappeared into the tight-knit Irish traveller community living and working the US.
Brady turned up at the wedding bash held in the Ramada Hotel in Newburgh, New York, 60 miles from the city.
Having arrived in the US on a 90-day visa, Brady faced deportation if picked up by US authorities and according to Sunday World’s investigator at the hotel he cut a wary figure.
“He wasn’t throwing the pints back, he was definitely cagey and kept looking around. He never let the car keys out of his hands,” they told the Sunday World.
The young bride at the wedding grew up in Belfast, while her partner was from a family originally from south Armagh, like the suspect, according to Sunday World sources.
That same night in September 2013 Brady enjoyed the raucous party, Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was being honoured in Ireland at the People of the Year Awards.
His wife Caroline cut a dignified figure as she accepted an award on behalf of her tragic husband and spoke for the first time in public following the killing.
At that stage investigating gardaí had taken 3,200 statements and a €50,000 reward was on offer for information leading to the arrest of the robbery gang members.
During his trial this year Brady complained from the witness box about the Sunday World coverage of the murder.
A front page in February 2013 featured a pixelated photo of Brady and four other suspects prompting him to flee the country.
He first went to Boston to work but lost his job he went missing for a few days when he was supposed to be working.
Much of his life in New York came out during the trial where evidence was giving of his life dotted with incidents of violent drunken fight.
According to his own evidence he enjoyed a great life earning $65 an hour in construction, taking part in Irish community events and where he became a father.
But it was in New York where he let his guard down and where it was his drunken and troubled rants about the killing would lead to his conviction.
His arrested and deportation saw him jailed in Ireland over the Dundalk driving offences ahead of being charged with murder of Adrian Donohoe.