Northern Ireland

Jason McGovern death: Five people from Omagh in court

Jason McGovern
Jason McGovern was found dead at a house in County Monaghan

Four men and a teenage boy, all from Omagh, have appeared in court charged in connection with the murder of Jason McGovern.

One of them is also charged with assaulting a friend of the teenager after a night out in Omagh last weekend.

They are all charged with unlawfully fighting causing an affray in the early hours of New Year's Eve.

Mr McGovern was attacked on two separate occasions.

He was found dead at a friend's house in County Monaghan on New Year's Eve.

Appearing at Omagh Magistrates Court on Saturday were James O'Brien from Rylagh Road, Mark Donnelly from Greencastle Road, both 21, Aaron Davis, 19, from Beattie Villas and Aaron Bradley, 18, Waterworks Road.

The youth cannot be named because of his age.

Mr Bradley is also charged with assaulting a friend of Mr McGovern's.

Mr McGovern was found dead in a house in County Monaghan later that day. He had suffered a head injury.

The court heard that he had left Emyvale with five friends last Sunday night, arriving in Omagh just before 23:00 GMT.

At 02:00 GMT on Monday it is alleged he was involved in an altercation outside the Terrace Bar, when he was repeatedly punched while standing and on the ground.

The court was told that he was pulled away by a woman but was then chased by three people to a nearby car park.

One of them punched Mr McGovern in the face. He fell backwards and was unconscious for a short time.

An investigating officer said there was a large amount of CCTV footage and some defendants had made admissions to being present.

He said police were objecting to bail because there were a large number of witnesses and it would take a few weeks to speak to them all.

The officer also told the court that a suspect had since gone to Australia, but that this had been a planned trip.

The district judge said it was "an appalling situation when a young man was set upon by a large number of people" but said he would agree to bail as long as suitable addresses were found at least three miles outside of Omagh and were approved by police.

Upon this condition being met, they will be released on their own bail of £500 and two sureties of £750.

They will also be ordered not to enter Omagh, except for court appearances or doctors appointments, to be tagged and report to police three times a week.

They will also have a curfew and will not be allowed to enter licensed premises or contact witnesses in the case.

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