Monday 22 January 2018

Farmer (74) killed in row over noise from bird-scaring device

Victim's brother tells of heartache after killing

Victim Anthony O’Mahony
Victim Anthony O’Mahony
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Gardaí are probing if a simmering row over the use of a noisy bird-scaring device triggered the murder of a 74-year-old Kerry farmer with a heavy agricultural vehicle.

Anthony O'Mahony died when his car was struck side-on by the teleporter, a type of agricultural haulage vehicle, as he visited his farm outside Ballyduff in north Kerry shortly before 9am yesterday.

Mr O'Mahony, who was single, died at the scene at Rattoo despite desperate efforts by local GPs and paramedics to save him.

By 11am yesterday, gardaí had launched a murder investigation and a man in his 60s, who was known to Mr O'Mahony, was arrested.

He was taken to Listowel garda station for questioning and he can be held for an initial period of 24 hours.

Mr O'Mahony's brother, Seamas, told the Irish Independent that his family were "totally heartbroken".

He stressed there was no inkling his brother was under any kind of threat or in danger.

"We used to have a bird banger on below there. (Some people) don't like to hear that going," he said.

"That is the only thing. He would go down there and turn it on at 8am and then turn it off again at 8pm.

"It was nothing out of the ordinary.

"But no, he absolutely was not (living in fear)."

Seamas heard the news of his brother's death as he was travelling in connection with his pre-cast concrete business.

He said he was stunned when he learned that his brother's death was being treated as murder.

"It's been very, very difficult. Anthony was very quiet but very knowledgeable. He was totally dedicated to his work. If he could do a good turn for someone, he would do it," he said.

Irish Independent

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