Former Gaelic star on trial for murder

Published Monday, 24 February 2014
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A former rising Tyrone Gaelic football star has gone on trial accused of murdering his father.

Former Gaelic star on trial for murder
Sean Hackett leaves Hydebank Wood Prison with his solicitor (© Pacemaker)

Sean Hackett is charged with killing his father Aloysius in January 2013.

The murder victim's body was found at the rear of the family home in Augher.

Hackett, 19, was a former captain of the Tyrone minor football team and, following an initial court appearance last year, was granted compassionate parole to attend his father's funeral.

On Monday, at Dungannon Crown Court a jury of six women and six men was sworn in to hear the case.

The judge Mr Justice Stevens told them the trial is scheduled to take up to two weeks.

Sean Hackett gestured to his family as he entered the dock.

He spoke only to confirm his identity and to say he was ready to stand trial.

He denies murdering his father on 4 January last year, as well as two firearms charges.

Aloysius, 60, was a father of four and was known to his friends as 'Wishie' and was a former chairman of St Macartan's GAA Club in Augher.

© UTV News
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8 Comments
francis in Derry wrote (299 days ago):
Trial by media as per usual and sure why dont yas drag the name of tyrone and the gaa through the mud while yas are at it.. DISGRACEFUL reporting by utv,hand yer heads in shame!!!
Kevin in Belfast wrote (300 days ago):
A family tragedy, a murder trial, and all the GAA fans care about is GAA PR. That's sick, lads.
grace in belfast wrote (300 days ago):
He was on the minor team, such a gaa star...
Eoin in Armagh wrote (300 days ago):
In fairness, anyone who captains their county team at minor level has to be considered a riding star of GAA (never mind a county as successful as Tyrone), but this is just a sad story all round; for the family, for a small close community like Augher, and for our whole society in Ireland. At the end of the day, it's a young man losing his father. There's just total tragedy all around here-never mind the football, the jerseys or the flegs. God help the family
Seamus tyrone in Tyrone wrote (301 days ago):
Yea i agree they always do anything to make the gaa look bad
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