An Augher teenager accused of murdering his father has admitted in court that he had been seeking treatment for depression.
Sean Hackett, 19, is charged with the murder of his father, 60-year-old Aloysius Hackett outside the family home in Aghindarragh Road, Augher in January last year.
Sean Hackett admits that he intended to kill his father, but denies murder.
After his arrest he submitted a prepared statement to the police.
It said: “I was involved in an incident that resulted in the death of my daddy whom I love very much. In recent months I have been suffering from depression and have been seeking medical treatment.”
It is the prosecution case that the fatal wounds were inflicted by Sean Hackett, who loaded and reloaded a .22 calibre rifle he had borrowed from a friend.
The prosecuting barrister said: “He did what he did with the ability to load and reload the weapon despite the horror of what he must have seen after the first bullet was fired.
“Despite the horror of what he was doing to his own flesh and blood, his father, we say he is guilty of murder.”
The jury of six men and six women were sworn in at Dungannon Magistrates Court yesterday morning (Monday 24th February) and were told the trial is expected to last one to two weeks.
A friend of Sean Hackett, Ronan Mulrine, has pleaded guilty to possessing a gun and ammunition in suspicious circumstances.
He lent his father’s rifle to Sean Hackett who told him it was to be used to shoot rabbits.