Man jailed for Kerry double murder

A 33-year-old man has been jailed for life after admitting the double murder of a father and son in Kerry three years ago.

Man jailed for Kerry double murder

A 33-year-old man has been jailed for life after admitting the double murder of a father and son in Kerry three years ago.

Thomas Barrett, from Causeway in Kerry, pleaded guilty to the murder of 60-year-old Michael Hanrahan and his 27-year-old son Denis, in Moyvane in March 2008.

Barrett shot the two men after perceiving there had been a 'slight' against him.

Barrett knew Denis Hanrahan from college, and for years had spent time with the plasterer, and his family.

But 13 months before the killing he began distancing himself from the Hanrahans, and the court was told a perceived slight festered until the night of the killing.

Armed with a legally held shotgun, crossbar, and 50 gun cartridges, Barrett drove to the Hanrahan house where he shot Denis Hanrahan in his bedroom.

When his father Michael heard the gunshots and entered the room, he was also shot dead.

Chillingly, Barrett checked to see if the Hanrahan daughters were in the house, before driving away.

The 33-year-old could not give any good reason to gardaí for wanting to kill Denis Hanrahan, and although the court heard he is sensitive to slights, Barrett has no mental disorder.

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