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Thursday 17 October 2019

Elderly farmer 'devastated' after shooting friend dead

The elderly man who shot and killed his neighbour in Co Mayo is said to be “absolutely devastated” as he was being comforted by relatives last night. Stock photo: PA Archive/PA Images
The elderly man who shot and killed his neighbour in Co Mayo is said to be “absolutely devastated” as he was being comforted by relatives last night. Stock photo: PA Archive/PA Images

Ken Foy and Ian Begley

An elderly man who shot and killed his neighbour in Co Mayo is said to be "absolutely devastated" as he was being comforted by relatives last night.

It has emerged that the OAP, who is suffering from underlying health conditions, did not realise that he had shot his friend even though he knew he had shot someone.

The elderly farmer made an emergency '999' phone call after the shooting incident.

"He disclosed that he had fired shots after becoming suspicious of noises outside his home," a senior source said.

Gardaí rushed to the scene and the man was arrested.

"He did not know that it was actually his friend Brendan Kilduff until he was informed by investigating gardaí on Wednesday morning and obviously he became very upset then," the senior source said.

Meanwhile, the funeral of Mr Kilduff will take place in Knock on Saturday morning.

A post on RIP.ie states that the 67-year-old from Sallyhernane, Knock, died "tragically".

It read: "Predeceased by his brother John. Deeply regretted by his sisters Marian (Gildea), Bernadette (Walshe), nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, neighbours and many friends.

"Reposing at the Marian Funeral Home, Knock, on Friday from 6 o'clock until 8 o'clock. Removal on Saturday morning to the Church of St John The Baptist, Knock, for Mass at 12 noon."

The farmer was killed in the tragic incident at around 11.55pm in Aghamore, Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo, on Tuesday.

The second man, aged in his 80s, was arrested by gardaí shortly afterwards, but released without charge on Wednesday night, with a file sent to the DPP.

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