Kerry murder trial: Michael Ferris found not guilty of murder, convicted of manslaughter
A jury in the Central Criminal court, sitting in Tralee, has found Michael Ferris not guilty of murder, but guilty of the manslaughter of John Anthony O'Mahony today.
The jury in the trial of north Kerry farmer Michael Ferris at the Central Criminal Court in Tralee returned a verdict of “not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter".
The seven men and five women had been deliberating for four hours 31 minutes. Ten minutes earlier had been told they could bring in a majority verdict.
The decision was reached by a majority of 10 to two.
Thanking them, Ms Justice Carmel Stewart said it had not been an easy trial and they could be excused from jury duty for 10 years.
Michael Ferris, a dairy farmer, and single man, aged 63, of Rattoo had been charged with murder and had pleaded not guilty to murder of John Anthony O’Mahony (73), a bachelor tillage farmer of Ardoughter, Ballyduff at Rattoo at around 8 am on the morning of April 4, 2017.
The prosecution had argued the killing had been deliberate and intentional and it was murder.
However, the defence had argued there had been accumulated provocation because of the behaviour of the dead man, John Anthony O’Mahony and the fair verdict and the just verdict would be manslaughter.