Teens arrested over Omagh murder

Published Thursday, 03 January 2013
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Three teenagers are being questioned by detectives investigating the murder of a young Monaghan man, who died after being attacked during a night out in the Co Tyrone town of Omagh.

Teens arrested over Omagh murder
Jason McGovern, who is understood to be the youngest of three sons. (© Pacemaker)

Two teens aged 17 and 19, who are from the Omagh area, were detained on Thursday, while an 18-year-old man was arrested in the town on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a 21-year-old man has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Jason McGovern, 19, was found dead in bed at about midday on New Year's Eve - after being seriously assaulted in the early hours of that morning.

The victim had made it back to a friend's house in Emyvale, Co Monaghan, having been first attacked by a group of about five youths outside the Terrace Bar at John Street in Omagh.

When he was followed by at least three of the original group, Jason was again attacked as he tried to get a taxi outside the Weigh Inn at Kevlin Road.

He was struck so hard that he was knocked to the ground and officers believe that may have been the blow that killed him. A post-mortem examination has shown that he died from head injuries.

On Wednesday, the detective leading the murder investigation appealed for witnesses or those involved to come forward.

"I need to establish what took place and what was said between the assailants and the victim," Detective Chief Inspector Richard Harkness said.

"There are two sides to every story. I want to establish the facts."

© UTV News
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ejeanjackson in bt621pl wrote (758 days ago):
heard of a group of people who went to omagh for christmas night out one boy was beat up getting into taxi to go home and had terrible face injurys something needs to be done it seems there is a group of people out to fight and even cause death
DG in Omagh wrote (758 days ago):
This tragic incident should serve as a warning to all young people how easy it is to lose or take a life.I was lucky I did not end up on either side of this scenario but could have and almost did. Walk away and in the cold light of day you will realise it was the best decision. My condolences to the family and friends of this young man. May he rest peacefully
G in Belfast wrote (759 days ago):
I hope the psni can find evidence and charge these 3 men if gulty. This was a young man only out for a night with friends
karl donald in omagh wrote (759 days ago):
two sides too every story??. what could justify this young visitor too Omagh,s slaying???
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