Farmer accused of causing death of own father in crash faces retrial after hung jury
A retrail will be held in the case of a man accused of causing the death of his father, who was killed in a collision between a tractor towing a trailer and a HGV lorry.
While the case concluded last week, the jury was hung in relation to the son, although a co-accused was convicted.
Reporting restrictions were imposed while the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) considered its position. The case returned to court with a decision to retry and the restrictions were lifted.
Phelim Brady died on June 25, 2014 following a crash on the A4 dual carriageway near Dungannon. He had been travelling on the draw bar attaching a tractor to a trailer loaded with cattle.
His son Paul Alexander Brady (46) of Minterburn Road, Caledon, was driving the tractor. It later emerged he was disqualified and did not have insurance.
A lorry crashed into the tractor and trailer. Mr Brady was flung from the draw bar onto the road. He died instantly.
His son sustained injuries and was treated in hospital. However, on being discharged he was arrested and was eventually charged with dangerous driving causing death, and causing his father's death by being a disqualified and uninsured driver.
Co-accused, William Mark Murphy (53), of Prospect Road, Castlewellan, was driving the lorry that crashed into the tractor and trailer. He pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving, but this was rejected by the prosecution, who considered the manner of his driving had been dangerous.