Garda killer Aaron Brady and another man will stand trial before the Special Criminal Court without a jury next year, accused of plotting to pervert the course of justice.
rady and co-defendant Dean Byrne are accused of conspiring to persuade a state witness during Brady’s trial for the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe during a robbery at Lordship Credit Union, Bellurgan, Jenkinstown, Co Louth on 25th April 2017 January 2013 not to testify .
Brady had pleaded not guilty to the murder of the married father of two, but a Central Criminal Court jury found him guilty by a majority verdict in August 2020 and he was sentenced to life in prison, of which 40 years must be served.
It was the longest murder trial in state history.
Brady, 31, of New Road, Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, and Dean Byrne, 29, of Cabra Park, Phibsborough, Dublin, are accused of conspiring to persuade prosecution witness Daniel Cahill not to testify, to pervert the course of justice between April 8 June 2020 and June 22, 2020.
However, during the trial, which took place from January to August this year, Mr Cahill testified that he heard Brady say he had shot a Lake Garda.
Brady is also accused of recording the playing of a video of a witness being questioned by Gardaí, setting a course to pervert the course of public justice between February 20, 2020 and May 7, 2020.
During Brady’s trial in 2020, the court was told that video of Mr Cahill telling Gardaí that he had heard Brady admit to murdering a Garda was circulating on social media.
Trial Judge Mr Justice Michael White described the distribution of the video as “the most egregious contempt of court” and a “willful attempt to intimidate the witness and others who should testify”.
It is alleged that a phone from co-defendant Mr Byrne’s cell at Mountjoy Prison was found with five recovered WhatsApp exchanges containing messages to an anonymous contact offering to intimidate Dean Cahill.
Today Kate Hanley BL for Brady in the Special Criminal Court told the court that a hearing date was needed.
Mr. Judge Tony Hunt, chairman of the three-judge court, scheduled October 2, 2023 for the trial and put the case on November 7 for next mention.
https://www.independent.ie/news/garda-killer-aaron-brady-and-another-man-to-stand-trial-for-plotting-to-pervert-the-course-of-justice-41877845.html Garda killer Aaron Brady and another man are on trial for plotting to pervert the course of justice