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Son charged with murdering father

By Anthony Neeson

A talented Tyrone minor footballer has been charged with murdering his father at the weekend

Aloysius Hackett, 60, a former chairman of St. Macartan's GAA club in Augher, was found dead at his home on Aghindarragh Road in the village on Friday night.

His son, Sean, has been charged with his murder. He initially told police that he had returned home to find his father's body. He later said he had shot him, a court in Omagh heard.

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Hackett, 18, has been granted compassionate bail to attend his father's funeral. The bail conditions state that Mr. Hackett is not allowed access to a mobile phone or the internet while traveling to and from the funeral and is only permitted to speak to two chaperones, including a solicitor and GAA manager Mickey Harte. He is also not allowed to speak to immediate family members.

On Tuesday, Omagh Magistrate's Court heard that Hackett was being treated for depression and had asked a friend to obtain a gun for him twice

in the last two months. Mr. Hackett did not look at his family during the hearing.

An appeal by the prosecution against compassionate bail will be heard later.