Trial begins of farmer accused of causing dad's death in tractor and cattle lorry crash
A Tyrone farmer has gone on trial accused of causing the death by dangerous driving of his 69-year-old father.
In what was described as a "particularly tragic" in which only the heartless would have no sympathy," the Belfast Telegraph reports.
Pensioner Phelim Alexander Brady suffered multiple injuries when a cattle lorry driven by his son Paul crashed into the rear of the tractor and trailer in June 2014.
This Sunday will mark the third anniversary of the tragic event.
Sitting it the dock of Dungannon Crown Court yesterday, sometimes with his head buried in his hands, Paul Alexander Brady listened as the prosecution claimed he was guilty because he allowed his father to travel on the draw bar between the tractor and trailer.
The 46-year-old from Minterburn road, in Caledon, is also accused of causing his father's "untimely death" by driving whilst disqualified and without insurance, on the Woodlough A4 dual carriageway Road between Dungannon and Caledon.
In the dock beside him, also denying the death by dangerous driving charge, was 53-year-old lorry driver William Mark Murphy, from Prospect Road, Ballyward in Co Down. Murphy pleaded guilty to causing Mr Brady's death by careless driving, a plea which was not accepted by the prosecution.
In his opening to the jury of seven men and five women Peter Irvine QC appealed to them to put aside any feelings of sympathy or prejudice, but admitted what they would hear was a "particularly tragic case, a case where you will have a heart of stone if you were not to have a sympathetic disposal to the facts".