Evidence closes in Hackett murder trial

Published Tuesday, 04 March 2014
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A forensic psychiatrist has told a court that murder accused Sean Hackett has shown no evidence of a mental condition, as the evidence drew to a close on Tuesday.

Evidence closes in Hackett murder trial
Sean Hackett leaves Hydebank Wood Prison with his solicitor. (© Pacemaker)

The 19-year-old former captain of Tyrone GAA's minor footballers, admits shooting his father but denies murder him on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

The issue being contested is the teenager's mental state when he killed his father in January 2013.

Aloysius Hackett, 60, was shot twice in the head outside his home near Augher.

Defence lawyers have argued that Sean Hackett was suffering from a mental health condition at the time and was unable to form rational judgements.

They say he had depression and possibly displayed the early stages of schizophrenia.

However, this has been rejected by prosecution lawyers.

At Dungannon Crown Court on Tuesday they called evidence from forensic psychiatrist Dr Fred Browne, who said Sean Hackett did not have depression or any other mental health condition.

Dr Browne told the jury the killing was not carried out in a rage and he said: "Having interviewed him (Sean Hackett) recently I did not feel there was evidence of schizophrenia."

With the evidence now finished in the trial, prosecution and defence counsel are preparing to make closing speeches to the jury on Wednesday.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Iain in Belfast wrote (331 days ago):
Lack of evidence? Are you having a laugh?
Johnathan in Omagh wrote (331 days ago):
Tragic case in many ways. Seems to be a lack of evidence for the main issue on which the trial is taking place.
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