Friday 18 October 2019

Boxer accused of assault on director wins extradition delay


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Alan Erwin

An amateur boxer accused of breaking the nose of Quinn Industrial Holdings's director Kevin Lunney has secured a delay in handing himself over to gardaí.

Bernard McGovern (22) is wanted in the Republic over claims he attacked Mr Lunney at a service station on February 1 last.

He is also being sought for alleged involvement in throwing a cup of hot water in the face of Mr Lunney's colleague, Dara O'Reilly, during the same incident in Co Cavan.

Mr McGovern, of Springtown Road, Kinawley, Co Fermanagh, faces extradition proceedings after he was detained on a European Arrest Warrant.

Last week a judge in Belfast granted bail but ordered him to surrender to Ballyconnell garda station within seven days.

However, McGovern's lawyers had the requirement lifted yesterday so a separate assault charge connected to his arrest can be dealt with first in Northern Ireland.

"We successfully applied to have the requirement that my client reports to gardaí within a week lifted," said solicitor Michael Brentnall.

"Matters in this jurisdiction should be disposed of prior to any investigation against him in the Republic of Ireland."

Mr McGovern must now hand in any passports and report to the PSNI twice a week under the terms of his bail. He is not accused of any role in the latest events last Tuesday when Mr Lunney was abducted near his home.

Irish Independent

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