Former Gaelic star on trial for murder

Former Gaelic star on trial for murder

A former rising Tyrone Gaelic football star has gone on trial accused of murdering his father.

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.

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