'Terrible crime' Retired Detective Pat Marry says 'two or three' more suspects to face charges in connection with Adrian Donohoe's murder
The senior officer who lead Garda Adrian Donohoe's murder investigation has said he expects "two or three" more suspects to be brought before the courts.
Retired garda detective inspector Pat Marry was stationed in Dundalk with Detective Donohoe and had worked with him for many years.
However, he would ultimately end up in charge of the long-running investigation into the murder of his co-worker.
Yesterday, 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.
For the capital murder offence, he will serve the mandatory sentence of life imprisonment with a minimum time served of 40 years behind bars.
Despite Brady's conviction the investigation into Garda Donohoe’s murder remains open.
Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast, Pat Marry said he believes "two or three more people" will face trial in connection with Garda Donohoe's murder.
“I would be very surprised if there is not at least two or three other people brought before the courts in connection with the murder,” he said.
“I am retired now, but Detective Inspector Martin Beggy is running the investigation and I would have every confidence in him to bring the investigation to a close.
“Aaron Brady will serve a minimum of 40 years and he deserved every bit of that.
“Because if you listened yesterday to the impact statements form the people who were traumatised by this, (his wife) Caroline and Caroline's family and Adrian’s family and brothers and sisters.
“It was a terrible crime.”
Speaking at a sentence hearing yesterday, Adrian’s parents 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."
The hearing was equally emotional for Mr Marry, who described his involvement in the case as an “emotional roller-coaster”.
“Adrian was just a lovely guy, very dedicated to his job but he was a very good policeman and detective,” he said.
“It was very difficult when I was put in charge of this investigation because there was an emotional edge to the circumstances.
“That’s why, hopefully in future, and god forbid if another policeman is killed, that the investigation team is set up by people who are not directly connected with that person.
“Because it was an emotional roller-coaster for us all.”