Man accused of QIH Executive attack in Court over alleged Police assault

An amateur boxer accused of breaking Co Fermanagh businessman Kevin Lunney’s nose is facing prosecution for allegedly assaulting two police officers during his arrest.

22 year old Bernard McGovern appeared before Belfast Magistrates’ Court yesterday on charges connected to his detention last month.

A judge was told defence lawyers want to view body-worn footage of the alleged incident before confirming if he will contest the case.

Mr McGovern, of Springtown Road in Kinawley, Co Fermanagh, is facing extradition proceedings after being detained on a European Arrest Warrant.

He is wanted in the Republic of Ireland over claims he was involved in an attack in Ballyconnell on February 1 in which QIH executive Kevin Lunney suffered a broken nose, while his colleague Dara O’Reilly had a cup of hot water poured onto his face.

Mr McGovern is not accused of any role in separate events last month when Mr Lunney was abducted, beaten, stabbed and dumped by a roadside across the border in Co Cavan.

Attempts to have McGovern extradited are on hold pending the outcome of the case against him in Belfast.

He faces charges of assaulting two PSNI officers – one male and one female – and resisting police.

The alleged offences were committed on September 19 – when he was detained on the arrest warrant.

In court defence solicitor Michael Brentnall confirmed prosecution papers have been served in the case. But he asked to see footage from the Officers’ body cameras.

District Judge Peter Magill adjourned the case for two weeks, when attitude to the charges is expected to be given.