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Boxer accused of attack to attend Garda station

An amateur boxer accused of breaking Co Fermanagh businessman Kevin Lunney's nose must surrender to gardai within a week, a judge has ordered. (Niall Carson/PA)
An amateur boxer accused of breaking Co Fermanagh businessman Kevin Lunney's nose must surrender to gardai within a week, a judge has ordered. (Niall Carson/PA)

An amateur boxer accused of breaking Co Fermanagh businessman Kevin Lunney's nose must surrender to gardai within a week, a judge has ordered.

Bernard McGovern (22) is wanted in the Republic over claims that he attacked the Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH) executive earlier this year.

He is also being sought for alleged involvement in throwing a cup of hot water in the face of Mr Lunney's colleague, Dara O'Reilly, during the same incident in Co Cavan.

McGovern, of Springtown Road in Kinawley, Co Fermanagh, appeared before Belfast Recorders' Court following his detention on a European Arrest Warrant.

Adjourning extradition proceedings, Judge David McFarland granted bail after being told McGovern will agree to be interviewed by gardai investigating the attack. The Recorder directed that he must attend Ballyconnell Garda Station within seven days.

McGovern is not accused of any role in the latest events on Tuesday, when Mr Lunney was abducted close to his home.

McGovern is instead facing extradition proceedings in connection with alleged attacks at a service station cafe on February 1.

Counsel for Irish authorities told the hearing: "The allegation before the court in the Republic of Ireland is that the requested person assaulted, causing harm, to both these individuals.

"Mr Lunney suffered a broken nose, and Mr O'Reilly had a cup of hot water poured onto his face."

The barrister disclosed that a direction to prosecute by indictment was issued in May.

Stephen Toal, defending, said his client does not consent to extradition, but will make voluntary arrangements to speak to gardai. He added that his client had "nothing to do" with the most recent attack.

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