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GAA star who shot dad dead gets life

TEENAGE killer Sean Hackett has been handed a life sentence for shooting his father because he wanted a "guardian angel".

The 19-year-old former GAA football star admitted shooting his father twice in the head in the driveway of their home in Augher, Co Tyrone, on January 4, 2013.

Mr Justice Stephens told Hackett he will serve a minimum of 10 years before he is considered eligible for release and deemed him to present a "significant risk of serious harm to others".

Dungannon Crown Court, sitting in Belfast's Laganside Courthouse, heard Hackett said he felt "powerful" and "excited" when he was shooting his father, Aloysius Hackett.

The judge said Mr Hackett did not die immediately in the fatal attack which was carried out after "considerable planning and preparation in advance" by his youngest child.

The judge branded Hackett's belief that if he killed one of his parents they would look after him in heaven as "delusional", adding "on the contrary, things could not be worse".

He also spoke of Hackett's "egocentricity and narcissism" and revealed there was a risk the young man was developing schizophrenia.

Hackett was handed a life sentence with a minimum sentence of 10 years on a charge of manslaughter, with a concurrent life sentence with a minimum term of four years for possessing the firearm and ammunition with intent.

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Mr Justice Stephens also sentenced his friend Ronan Mulrine (18), of Dunroe Road, Augher, to one year's detention suspended for two years after he admitted supplying his father's .22 Czech hunting rifle and ammunition, unaware of how they would be used.

Mulrine told police he would have done anything for Hackett because he believed him when he said he needed the rifle to shoot rabbits, or "for a job".

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