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Farmer charged over tractor accident that killed his father Phelim Brady

A farmer has been charged with causing his father's death by dangerous driving in a tractor.

Standing in the dock of Dungannon Magistrates Court, 45-year-old Paul Alexander Brady was formally charged over the death of Phelim Alexander Brady on the A4 dual carriageway in the town in June 2014.

Brady, from the Minterburn Road in Caledon, Co Tyrone, was also accused of causing death by driving while disqualified and without insurance.

Alongside Brady in the dock was 51-year-old lorry driver William Mark from the Prospect Road, in Ballyward in Castlewellan, who was charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

The charges arouse from an incident in which a tractor driven by Paul Brady was in collision with Mr Mark's lorry, causing injuries that killed 69-year-old Mr Brady.

Although no facts surrounding the tragedy were presented in court yesterday, a prosecuting solicitor submitted there was a prima facie case against the men based on papers before the court.

Their defence lawyers had no contrary submissions, so district judge John Meehan said he was satisfied that there was sufficient evidence to return the case to the Crown Court for trial. The court clerk told Brady and Mark they had the right to comment on their respective charges and to give evidence to the preliminary enquiry, but the men chose to remain silent.

Releasing both defendants on their own bail of £200, Judge Meehan ordered them to appear before Dungannon Crown Court on February 18 for arraignment.

Father-of-four Phelim Brady was a well-known and respected man in the Caledon community and had worked for several decades at Caledon Estate before retiring a number of years ago.

Former mayor of Dungannon Roger Burton previously described him as a "quiet man".

"I have known Alex all my life, and my thoughts would go out to the family at this time," he said.

"Alex was a quiet man. I wouldn't have known him that well, but I have met him a number of times. He was a good neighbour to many around Caledon, and it is just tragic what has happened."

Former Sinn Fein MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew said at the time of Mr Brady's death: "I knew Paul, Alex's son, who was injured in the accident. I went to school with him in Caledon. It is just such tragic circumstances.

"It has been such a tough year this year for farming accidents and also for the parish this last 12 months.

"My condolences and my prayers go out to the family, to Mrs Brady, her children and her grandchildren.

"It is a terrible blow for the Aghaloo community and the village of Caledon, and please God Paul makes a full recovery, but it really is a tragedy for all concerned. Alex was a very well-respected man and well-known in the Caledon community."

Mr Brady is survived by his wife Philomena, two daughters and two sons.

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