Murder accused given compassionate bail to attend father's funeral

Published: 8 Jan 2013 12:30

An 18-year-old man accused of murdering his father has been granted compassionate bail to attend the funeral.

Sean Hackett arriving at Omagh Court this morning. Picture credit: Photopress.

Sean Hackett, from Aghindarragh Road, Augher, appeared at Omagh Court this (Tuesday) morning charged with murdering his father, Aloysius Hackett.

Mr. Hackett, the 60-year-old former chairman of St. Macartan's GAA club in Augher, was found dead at his home on Aghindarragh Road near Augher on Friday night.

His son, Sean, was remanded in custody but was granted compassionate bail to attend his father's funeral tomorrow (Wednesday). He is to be chaperoned to the Requiem Mass by his lawyer, Adrian O'Kane, and Tyrone Gaelic football manager, Mickey Harte, and will not be allowed to speak to anyone else, including family members.

The decision to grant him compassionate bail is being appealed by the PPS (Public Prosecution Service).

Members of his family and a large number of supporters were in court for the short hearing and waved at him as he was left the dock.

Meanwhile, a 17-year-old man, who was arrested on Sunday, in connection with Mr. Hackett's murder has been released pending a report to the PPS.

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