Michael Ferris, a dairy farmer from Ballyduff in Co. Kerry, appeared at the Central Criminal Court today, Monday December 3rd, for sentencing on manslaughter charges.
The 63-year-old farmer had pleaded guilty to the charges of the manslaughter of neighbouring tillage farmer, Anthony O’Mahony, in April 2017. The pair had been arguing for a number of years over Mr O’Mahony’s use of crow bangers on his land.
This ongoing disagreement led to the incident in question in April 2017, when Mr. Ferris put the prongs of a teleporter repeatedly through the car of the 73-year-old tillage farmer, causing fatal injuries.
At sentencing today, Mr Ferris received a term of five years in prison, one of which was suspended, after a majority verdict of 10 to 2 found him guilty of manslaughter in an earlier court sitting in October.
His sentence was backdated to April 2017, when Mr. Ferris was first remanded in custody.