Judge tells Adrian Donohoe murder trial jury to 'put emotion and sympathy aside'
The judge in the trial of a man who denies the capital murder of a garda has told the jury to put emotion and sympathy aside when considering the facts of the case.
Mr Justice Michael White addressed the jury yesterday (Wednesday) telling them that a "couple of matters" had arisen. He said the trial is a "complex and difficult" one where "human sympathy for the deceased may be very high on your minds".
He told them that they are acting as judges of the facts and in doing so: "You have to put emotion and human sympathy aside and that may be difficult in this case but it is absolutely warranted." He further reminded them of their oath to try the case in accordance with the evidence.
Aaron Brady (28) from New Road, Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, has pleaded not guilty to the capital murder of Det Gda Adrian Donohoe who was then a member of An Garda Siochana on active duty on January 25, 2013, at Lordship Credit Union, Bellurgan, Co Louth.
Det Gda Donohoe is a native of Kilnaleck, County Cavan.
Mr Brady has also pleaded not guilty to a charge of robbing approximately €7,000 in cash and assorted cheques on the same date and at the same location.
In the afternoon, the jury heard the first evidence in the trial as Detective Garda Laura Bolger of the garda mapping section of the Garda Technical Bureau described to prosecuting counsel Lorcan Staines SC a series of maps she created showing areas of interest in the trial.
Sean Patrick Hennessy is a photographic officer with the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). He told Mr Staines that the PSNI and garda co-operated in the investigation into Det Gda Donohoe's death. He described a number of photographs he took on a road close to a place referred to on the maps as "burn site".
The trial continues in front of Justice White and a jury of eight men and seven women.