Convicted Garda killer Aaron Brady will stand trial before the non-jury Special Criminal Court to face charges of plotting to pervert the course of justice.

The Armagh man, (31), and his alleged accomplice, Dean Byrne are charged with conspiring to persuade a key State witness not to testify during his trial for murdering Detective Adrian Donohoe.

Gardaí served both the accused with books of evidence today.

Brady of New Road, Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh denied murdering Detective Garda Donohoe in the line of duty during a robbery at Lordship Credit Union in Co. Louth on January 25th, 2013.

However, he was handed a life sentence after being convicted of the fatal shooting by a Central Criminal Court jury in August 2020.

Following a Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation probe, Brady and two others were charged on April 4th with other offences

Brady is accused of conspiring with Byrne at Mountjoy Prison to persuade Daniel Cahill, a prosecution witness in his trial, not to give evidence, to pervert the course of public justice, between April 8th and June 22nd, 2020.

During the trial, which ran from January to August that year, Mr Cahill testified he overheard Brady say he shot a Garda.

Brady has a second charge that on a date unknown between February 20th and May 7th, 2020, he video-recorded the playing of a video-recorded witness interview between Ronan Flynn and members of An Garda Síochána, thus embarking upon a course to pervert the course of public justice.

Judge Victor Blake granted the order for Brady and Byrne to stand trial before the non-jury Special Criminal Court to face the charges.