A 19-year-old Co Tyrone man was formally arraigned in Belfast on Friday accused of the murder of his 60-year-old father Aloysius Hackett a former chairman of St Macartan’s GAA.
His son Sean, a former Co Tyrone GAA Minor’s Captain, pleaded ‘Not Guilty’ to the charge of murdering his father at the family home on Aghindarragh Road in Augher on January 4 last.
He also pleaded ‘Not Guilty’ to two further charges of possessing a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life on differing dates between November 1 last year, and January 5, 2013.
His 18-year-old friend Ronan Mulrine from Dunroe Road in the town, faces a total of five charges, including possessing guns and ammunition under suspicious circumstances, and without a firearms certificate between November 2012 and January 1 last.
Mulrine, who pleaded ‘Not Guilty’ to the charges, also denied perverting the course of public justice by deleting mobile phone texts “and other messages relating to the supply of a firearm and ammunition to Sean Hackett on dates between the Ist day of November 2012 and the 5th day of January 2013”.
Omagh Crown Court, sitting in Belfast, was told that their trial is expected to be held in Dungannon in early February in the New Year. Defence QC James Gallagher, for Hackett, agreed with Mr Justice Weir that the primary facts in the case are not really in dispute. Prosecuting QC Ciaran Murphy said it was the type of case where any problematic issues were unlikely to arise.