Former GAA star gets life sentence for killing father

Tuesday 29 April 2014 23.27
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Sean Hackett will serve a minimum of ten years
Sean Hackett will serve a minimum of ten years
Aloysius Hackett was shot twice in the head
Aloysius Hackett was shot twice in the head

Sean Hackett has been given a life sentence for the manslaughter of his father Aloysius 'Wishie' Hackett at their family home on 4 January 2013.

The 19-year-old former GAA star admitted shooting his father twice in the head in the driveway of their home on Aghindarrah Road, Augher, Co Tyrone.

Mr Justice Stephens told him he was deemed to present a "significant risk of serious harm to others".

The Dungannon Crown Court, sitting in Belfast's Laganside Courthouse, heard Sean Hackett said he felt "powerful" and "excited" when he was shooting his father and that he "wasn't going to stop until he (Aloysius) was dead".

The judge said that Aloysius Hackett did not die immediately and that "his terror is not hard to imagine" in a fatal attack which was carried out after "considerable planning and preparation in advance" by his youngest child.

Sean Hackett will serve a minimum of ten years before he is considered eligible for release by the Parole Commissioners.

He was given a life sentence with a minimum sentence of ten years on a charge of manslaughter, with a concurrent life sentence with a minimum term of four years for possessing a firearm and ammunition with intent.

Mr Justice Stephens also sentenced Hackett's 18-year-old friend Ronan Mulrine from Dunroe Road, Augher, to one year's detention, suspended for two years, after he admitted supplying his father's .22 Czech hunting rifle and ammunition, unaware they would be used in the killing.

Sean Hackett was acquitted of murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility.