Tuesday 27 January 2015

Teen acquitted of murdering father but found guilty of manslaughter

Published 06/03/2014 | 22:45

Tyrone footballer Sean Hackett leaves prison with GAA manager Mickey Harte and solicitor Adrian O'Kane
Aloysius Hackett's son Sean

Former GAA star Sean Hackett who shot his 60-year-old father Aloysius Hackett has been acquitted of murder but found guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

While the 19-year-old showed no emotion, his mother Eilis, wept openly as she sat behind him in the packed public gallery of Dungannon Crown Court.

Hackett had admitted the unlawful killing of his father, whom he shot twice in the head, in the driveway of their Aghindarragh Road family home in Augher on January 4 last year.

It took the jury of six women and six men just over two and a half hours to acquit him on the charge of murder.

But, Sean Hackett was found guilty on the alternative charge of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Afterwards, Mr Justice Stephens remanded the teenager back into custody until further reports on him are obtained before he is sentenced next month.

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