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Gardai close to charging Donohoe murder suspects

As the fifth anniversary of the fatal killing of Garda officer Adrian Donohoe approaches,  Garda Detectives are understood to be close to charging members of the gang involved in the murder. 

Garda Donohoe was escorting takings from a credit union at Lordship in Bellurgan on the night of January 25th 2013 when an armed gang ambushed the three-car convoy he was travelling in. The 41 year old married father of two was shot and died at the scene, before the gang made off with €4,000 in cash.

All the members of the gang involved are believed to have been identified by Gardai, including the man they believe fired the fatal shot. The suspect, who is from south Armagh, is currently serving a sentence for an unrelated offence, while two other suspects are living in the US and a fourth man is said to reside between Newry and Dundalk.

According to the Irish Times, garda sources have confirmed that detectives are consulting with the director of public prosecutions to ascertain what charges can be brought against the suspect, and others who helped him.

The five year investigation has involved Interpol and Europol as well as the Dutch police and the FBI.  A search for the murder weapon – a sawn off shotgun believed to have been buried on farmland in Crossmaglen – was carried out by PSNI last September but failed to locate the weapon.

Garda Donohoe was posthumously awarded a gold Scott Medal for exceptional courage and bravery in 2016.  Presenting the award at the time, the then Garda Commissioner, Nóirín O’Sullivan, said she accepted the murder investigation had been a lengthy one but that the force remained determined to bring the perpetrators to justice.