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8:47 PM - 2 Dec 2019



A bachelor farmer convicted of the manslaughter of a 73-year-old neighbour by driving a teleporter into his car has seen his jail term increased from five to nine years.

The incident took place in April 2017 and involved a row over a crow-banger.

64-year-old Michael Ferris from Rattoo, Ballyduff, Co Kerry had been sentenced in December 2018 to six years with one year suspended for the manslaughter of Anthony O'Mahony at Rattoo, Ballyduff on April 4th 2017.

Ferris had killed Mr O'Mahony by driving his teleporter, a piece of farm machinery with prongs at the front, into Mr O'Mahony's car.

The trial had heard the killing stemmed from a row between them over Mr O'Mahony's use of a crow-banger when planting and harvesting crops.

Today the Court of Criminal Appeal, quashed the net five year sentence and replaced it with a nine year term backdated to December 2018.

In delivering the judgement Mr Justice Bermingham said it did not reflect the seriousness of the crime, stating there "there was an element of pre-meditation" involved and that "it has to be placed at the high end of manslaughter cases."

Reporting by Barry Roche



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