Tyrone footballer Sean Hackett acquitted of father’s murder, convicted of manslaughter

Sean Hackett
Sean Hackett

Sean Hackett who shot his 60-year-old father Aloysius ‘Wishie’ Hackett, has been acquitted of murder, but convicted of manslaughter, by reason of ‘diminished responsibility’.

His mother Eilis, wept openly as she sat behind him in the packed public gallery of Dungannon Crown Court, clutching a memory card of her dead husband.

Even before the start of his week-long trial, Hackett had always admitted the unlawful killing of his father, whom he shot twice in the head, in the driveway of their Aghindarrah Road family home in Augher, Tyrone, on January 4 last year.

It took the jury of six women and six men just over two and a half hours to acquit him.