Some charges dropped against man accused of attack on QIH Executives

The Public Prosecution Service in the North has withdrawn charges against Fermanagh man Bernard McGovern, who was accused of assaulting Police officers.

The 23 year old from Kinawley was arrested at his home in September last year after it was alleged he assaulted two QIH Directors in a service station in Ballyconnell.

Kevin Lunney received a broken nose in the incident with hot water thrown over Dara O’Reilly. Mr McGovern denies any involvement.

Two charges of assault and one of resisting arrest were brought against Mr McGovern after Police called to his home to arrest him on a European Arrest Warrant on September 19th last year in relation to the Ballyconnell incident.

However, the PPS has confirmed to Northern Sound says it had begun prosecution proceedings but “in this case an issue arose at a later stage which led to a reconsideration of the available evidence”.

It says a decision to withdraw the charges was made last week.

Statement from the Publlic Prosecution Service

“The PPS received a file from police containing one suspect reported in connection with an incident in Kinawley, Co Fermanagh on 19 September 2019. After careful consideration of all available evidence at that time, a decision was taken to prosecute the suspect for two counts of assault on police and one of resisting arrest.

“We have a duty to keep all our prosecution decisions under review. In this case an issue arose at a later stage which led to a reconsideration of the available evidence. As a result, it was concluded the Test for Prosecution was no longer met and, accordingly, all charges were withdrawn on 13 May 2020.”