Monday 23 October 2017

Farmer charged with murder of his Kerry neighbour remanded in custody

Michael Ferris (centre) who appeared at Tralee District Court this morning. Anthony O'Mahony (inset) Pic:Mark Condren
Michael Ferris (centre) who appeared at Tralee District Court this morning. Anthony O'Mahony (inset) Pic:Mark Condren
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A FARMER charged with the murder of a Kerry neighbour using a teleporter agri-machine has been remanded in ongoing custody.

Michael 'Mike' Ferris (62), who is charged with the murder of Anthony O'Mahony (74), appeared before Tralee District Court today.

The charge refers to a time shortly before 9am on Tuesday April 4 last.

Mr Ferris of Rattoo, Ballyduff, Co Kerry was charged on April 5 with the murder of Mr O'Mahony at Rattoo just 2km outside the north Kerry village and close to a tillage holding he farmed.

Judge James O'Connor was told today that the State was applying for a further remand in custody.

Listowel solicitor, Risteard Pierse, who is representing Mr Ferris, said the remand application was being consented to.

Judge O'Connor said he would remand Mr Ferris, with all continuing recommendations as to medical treatment, in ongoing custody to appear again before Tralee District Court on May 10 next.

Mr Ferris appeared in court wearing blue denims, a red check shirt and a navy jumper.

He did not speak during the court appearance.

Judge O'Connor was previously given evidence of arrest, caution and charge by Detective Sergeant John Heaslip.

Det Sergeant Heaslip told the court that after being cautioned and charged Mr Ferris made no reply to arresting Gardai.

Bail can only be granted by the High Court for anyone facing a murder charge.

Mr O'Mahony died from multiple trauma injuries after his vehicle was in collision with a heavy teleporter agri-machine on April 4.

The incident occurred directly outside land in Rattoo he had ploughed the previous weekend.

The fatal incident occurred within sight of the famous Rattoo Round Tower.

Mr O'Mahony was pronounced dead at the scene before he could be rushed to Tralee hospital.

He farmed a holding directly across the road from Mr Ferris' home.

However, Mr O'Mahony lived around 3km away on the other side of Ballyduff village in Causeway.

Both men were known to each other for years.

Mr O'Mahony, who was described locally as "a genius" in the tillage farming sector, was unmarried and had no children.

However, he has a large extended family in the Causeway area.

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