Farmer 'murdered' elderly aunt by deliberately 'running her over with a tractor'
Date of alert:
Wednesday, 8 February 2023
Police Service of Northern Ireland
A farmer accused of murdering his elderly aunt is said to have ‘deliberately run her over with a tractor’.
Michael Scott has gone on trial for allegedly murdering Christine ‘Chrissie’ Treacy, his own aunt, after a long-running land dispute.
The family feud culminated in Scott driving a JCB tractor over Chrissie, 76, some time after 3pm on April 27, 2018, outside her home at Derryhiney, Co Galway, Ireland, a court heard.
The 58-year-old, of Gortanumera, Portumna, Co Galway, pleaded not guilty to murder.
Opening the trial for the prosecution, Dean Kelly SC told the jury that Chrissie was murdered in a crime of the "most terrible and dark sort".
He continued: "The prosecution case is that Michael Scott was driving the tractor and far from being a tragic accident, he deliberately drove over her intending to cause her serious harm in the context of a long-running dispute with her."