Accused granted bail to attend father's funeral

Tuesday 08 January 2013 22.09
Aloysius Hackett was found shot dead at his home near Augher on Friday night
Aloysius Hackett was found shot dead at his home near Augher on Friday night

A young Gaelic football star charged with murdering his father has been granted compassionate bail to attend the funeral.

Aloysius Hackett, 60, died at the family home near Augher, Co Tyrone last Friday night.

A defence lawyer told Omagh Magistrates' Court that 18-year-old Sean Hackett suffers from depression and continues to have the love and support of his family.

His mother, two brothers and sister attended court and waved to him in the dock.

District Judge Bernie Kelly refused bail outright, but she granted compassionate bail for a number of hours tomorrow to allow Mr Hackett to attend the funeral.

Mr Hackett will be chaperoned to the requiem mass by his lawyer, Adrian O'Kane, and Tyrone Gaelic football manager Mickey Harte.

He will not be allowed to speak to anyone else, including family members.

Mr Justice Horner later rejected an appeal by the Public Prosecution Service over the bail decision.

Mr Hackett will be returned immediately into custody to the Hydebank Young Offenders Centre in south Belfast after the funeral.