The trial of two men charged in connection with an armed robbery in which Garda Adrian Donohoe was shot and killed begins
THE trial of two men charged in connection with an armed robbery ten years ago in which a Garda detective was shot and killed opens tomorrow.
Ames Flynn, 32, and Brendan Treanor, 34, are accused of robbery at Lordship credit union near Dundalk in Co Louth on January 25, 2013.
They also face charges of conspiracy to commit a burglary between September 2012 and two days before the credit union raid.
Det Gda Adrian Donohoe, 41, was with an armed escort at the time of the raid when he was shot.
Mr Flynn, of Ravensglen in Newry, Co Down, and Mr Treanor, of Castletown Road in Dundalk, Co Louth, appeared before the Special Criminal Court this morning.
Brendan Grehan SC, for the state, said prosecutors are ready to officially open the case tomorrow.
He said it was a comprehensive opening and set out a comprehensive roadmap for what was a “rather complex case”.
The court was told that lead counsel Lorcan Staines would deliver the opening statement and that it was expected to last all day.
Sean Guerin SC, who defended Mr Treanor, said there will be a motion to separate charges to separate allegations of conspiracy to commit burglary and robbery.
Mr Flynn’s defense attorney Bernard Condon SC said they would join that motion.
The trial will begin tomorrow morning before Mr. Judge Tony Hunt, who will preside over the non-jury panel.
Both men are charged with Pat Bellew on January 25, 2013 for robbery of approximately €7,000 in cash and various checks.
They are also accused of conspiring with each other, Aaron Brady, and others to make a crime between 9/11 and 9/11.
Aaron Brady, 31, formerly of New Road in Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, is currently serving a life sentence with a minimum sentence of 40 years after being convicted of the Det Gda Donohoe capital murder.
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