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Accused in one-punch killing is facing a fourth trial

By Michael Donnelly

Published 02/07/2015

A Co Tyrone man will face a fourth trial for the unlawful killing of Co Monaghan teenager Jason McGovern
A Co Tyrone man will face a fourth trial for the unlawful killing of Co Monaghan teenager Jason McGovern

A Co Tyrone man will face a fourth trial for the unlawful killing of Co Monaghan teenager Jason McGovern.

Prosecutor Simon Reid yesterday told Dungannon Crown Court that "the Crown is seeking a retrial" of Mark Donnelly.

The 23-year-old from Greencastle, Co Tyrone, was freed on continuing bail for a date to be fixed for the latest trial. However, the case will be reviewed again in September.

Donnelly will face the same manslaughter charge he has always denied - of causing the unlawful death of 19-year-old McGovern. He was found dead on New Year's Eve 2012 in a friend's home in Mullan village, near Emyvale, in the Republic.

Hours earlier Mr McGovern, described as a "peace-maker", had enjoyed a night out in Omagh, but was knocked unconscious in a one-punch assault just yards from the taxi waiting to take him and his friends home.

Only last month the second of two juries failed to reach a verdict in the case in which Donnelly maintained he was an innocent, wrongly identified by flawed witnesses as being the man in a white shirt who threw that punch.

Jason untimately died from a fractured skull, which severed an artery causing bleeding to his brain.

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