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Tyrone GAA star Sean Hackett 'shot dead his father with gun borrowed from a friend' - court hears

By Adrian Rutherford

A Tyrone GAA star shot dead his father – blasting him twice in the head with a gun which was borrowed from a friend, a court heard today.

The opening day of the Sean Hackett murder trial was told there was no dispute that the 19-year-old shot his father Aloysius, or that he intended to kill him.

Hackett, who captained the 2012 Tyrone Minor side, denies murdering his father, and two counts of possessing a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life.

Mr Hackett senior (60) was found dead outside the family home at Aghindarragh Road near Augher, Co Tyrone, last January.

Opening the prosecution’s case this morning, Ciaran Murphy QC said there was no issue that Hackett had shot dead his father using a rifle on January 4 last year.

“The defendant accepts that he intended to kill his father,” Mr Murphy told jurors.

He said Hackett had paused and reloaded the firearm between firing the two shots.

During initial police interviews, Hackett is said to have told police that he was involved “in an incident” with his father, who he “loved very much”.

He is also said to have told detectives that he was suffering from depression in the months beforehand, and was receiving medical treatment.

The trial at Dungannon Crown Court is expected to last up to two weeks.

The case continues.

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