PSNI launch fresh appeal in Garda murder

February 11, 2013

The PSNI has launched a fresh appeal for information regarding the vehicle believed to have been used in the killing of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe.

The Irish policeman, who was married with two children, was shot without warning by a gang during a robbery at Lordship credit union, near Dundalk on Friday, January 25th.  He was the first member of the force to be killed on duty since the murder of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe in 1996.

Gardai, with the assistance of the PSNI, have been concentrating their efforts in the south Armagh area, where they are thought to have identified a number of suspects involved in the murder.

The getaway car used in the killing was found burnt out at Fews Forest near Keady and police have already seized CCTV recordings from premises between Dundalk and Keady in an attempt to follow the movements of the vehicle.  The Volkswagen Passat was stolen during a robbery in Clogherhead, Co. Louth days earlier.

Police have confirmed that the burnt out car is “still the subject of rigorous and extensive forensic examination in Northern Ireland” and last Friday, exactly two weeks after the attack, set up a series of checkpoints at various locations around Newtownhamilton.

Officers want to speak to anyone who saw the car in the area after 21:30 GMT on 25th January and they added that they also want to hear from anyone who saw any other vehicles in the area around this time or who noticed fire or smoke in the vicinity of the forest.

“All information will be treated in the strictest confidence,” the PSNI statement said.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PSNI detectives in PSNI on 0845 600 8000 or garda detectives on 042 9388470.