Michael Ferris, a dairy farmer from Rattoo, Ballyduff, Co. Kerry, appeared at the Tralee Courthouse yesterday, October 10th, charged with the murder of fellow farmer, John Anthony O’Mahony, in 2017, as reported by Radio Kerry.
Mr. Ferris pleaded not guilty to the charges after it was alleged that he continuously rammed the car of an elderly farmer using his teleporter, causing the farmer fatal injuries in the process.
The prosecution in the murder trial of a north Kerry farmer told jurors that it is alleged that the accused, Mr Ferris, rammed the car of Mr. O’Mahony multiple times with a teleporter, causing him catastrophic injuries in the process. The court heard that Mr. Ferris was driving the teleporter with large prongs to the front on the main Tralee to Ballyduff road on the day in question, April 4th 2017.
Senior Counsel Patrick McGrath said that it is the prosecution’s case that the dairy farmer, Mr. Ferris, intentionally rammed the Peugeot car driven By Mr. O’Mahony. This was done a number of times and eventually led to the 73-year-old suffering catastrophic and fatal injuries. Mr McGrath informed the court that the Mr. O’Mahony had owned over 100-acres of tillage lands in close proximity to Ferris’ dairy farm and the pair had fallen out in recent years. The disagreement was due to Mr. O’Mahony using a crow banger to keep birds from his crops.
Mr McGrath then noted that it was alleged that dairy farmer, Mr Ferris, went to a neighbours house after the incident, informing her of the events.
“Mahony’s gone. I struck the car with the teleporter”. He is alleged to have said.
Mr McGrath continued by stating that the team of twelve jurors will hear medical evidence which shows that the deceased farmer had suffered multiple trauma to his body, with his body penetrated by the teleporter at least five times, two of which went through the front of his torso and out the back. He also explained that blood of the deceased tillage farmer was also discovered on one of the prongs of the Teleporter.
Brendan Grehan, Senior Counsel for the defence, admitted that Mr Ferris was driving the Teleporter on the day in question, but said the issue should not be what happened but why it happened. Mr. Ferris pleaded not guilty to the murder charges, with the case due to continue in the coming days.