Brother fears the day when killer is freed and they meet on lane again
The brother of slain farmer John Anthony O'Mahony, who was killed by a neighbour using a teleporter, has said he fears the day the killer will be freed and he meets him again.
Seamus O'Mahony said he was shocked and devastated when Michael Ferris (63) was found not guilty of murder but guilty of his brother's manslaughter at Tralee Circuit Court on Friday.
Ferris, of Rattoo, Ballyduff, Co Kerry, admitted to gardaí that he intended to kill John Anthony O'Mahony (73) when he drove a teleporter into his car on April 4, 2017. He will be sentenced next month.
Ferris was angry at Mr O'Mahony's use of a "crow banger" on his farm for the previous 30 years and said he finally "snapped" on the day of the killing.
Speaking to the 'Sunday World', Seamus O'Mahony said: "I will live in fear knowing the likelihood is he will only serve between five and seven years in jail - knowing the day will come when we will pass each other on that lane again.
"He said he snapped. If he can snap once, how can we know that he won't do it again? How could I feel safe going up and down to that farm?"
Mr O'Mahony said he was horrified by the way in which his brother, a hard-working and passionate farmer, had been "criminalised" during the trial.
The court was told how the dead man had allegedly shot at members of a local gun club after they trespassed on to his land in 1993.