Kerry farmer, Michael Ferris, appeared before the Central Criminal Court in Dublin for sentencing yesterday, November 26th, after being charged with the manslaughter of another Kerry farmer.
The dairy farmer from Ballyduff, Ferris, had earlier pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, but guilty to the charge of the manslaughter of local tillage farmer, Anthony O’Mahony in 2017. Mr. O’Mahony died after Michael Ferris put the prongs of a teleporter repeatedly through the car of the 73-year-old tillage farmer, causing fatal injuries. The incident occurred in April 2017 as a result of an ongoing argument between the two farmers, over O’Mahony’s use of crow bangers on his lands.
The defence for Mr. Ferris, Brendan Grehan SC, asked for leniency when sentencing his client, noting he was an “unblemished character” before the incident. Ferris, through Brendan Grehan SC, expressed his remorse and sorrow for his actions leading up to and on the day in question.
Ms Justice Carmel Stewart adjourned the sentencing of Mr. Ferris until Monday, December 3rd.