Five charged in relation to man’s New Year’s Eve death



Four men and a woman appeared in Dungannon courts yesterday to be arraigned on charges relating to the death of Co Monaghan teenager Jason McGovern.

The 19-year-old was found dead at a friend’s home on New Years’ Eve hours after allegedly being attacked twice in Omagh.

Facing the most serious charge of unlawful killing was champion motorcyclist Mark Donnelly, 21, from Greencastle Road, between Greencastle and Mountfield.

Donnelly, who pleaded not guilty to Mr McGovern’s manslaughter, also denied a charge of affray.

Aaron Bradley, 19, from Waterworks Road, Omagh, was accused of – and pleaded not guilty to – charges of affray and assaulting a friend of Mr McGovern.

Two other Omagh men, Liam Chism, 18, of Knockloughan and James O’Brien, 22, from Rylagh Road, outside Omagh, pleaded not guilty to affray.

Donnelly’s girlfriend, Aisling McAleer, 22, originally from Greencastle but now with an address at Slieveard Court, Omagh, denies making a false witness statement.

No details of charges were given to the court and all five were freed on bail to face trial, possibly in May.

The prosecution told the High Court in October that, after leaving a nightclub, Mr McGovern was knocked to the ground and further assaulted before getting up to get a taxi.




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