Teen dies after Omagh assault

Published Tuesday, 01 January 2013
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A 19-year-old teenager has died following an assault near a bar in Omagh, Co Tyrone.

Teen dies after Omagh assault
It is believed Jason McGovern was assaulted twice in Omagh (© Pacemaker)

The victim, who has been named locally as Jason McGovern, was from Co Monaghan in the Republic of Ireland.

Police said he made his way home after the attack, which took place outside licensed premises on Kevlin Road in Omagh at around 2am on Monday.

His body was discovered in a friend's house in Emyvale, Co Monaghan after midday on New Year's Eve.

The scene at Emyvale was sealed off for a full Garda technical examination, as PSNI and the Garda investigate the circumstances surrounding the death.

A PSNI spokesman said: "Police in Omagh believe that the deceased was assaulted by a male of stocky build with ginger or blond-coloured hair and would urge this male to contact them in Omagh to assist with their inquiries."

UUP MLA for West Tyrone Ross Hussey said it is believed Mr McGovern was assaulted twice during a night out in the town.

At a time when most people are celebrating Christmas and the opportunities of a New Year, Mr McGovern`s family are faced with the dreadful loss of a son.

Ross Hussey

"If anyone in Omagh or farther afield has any information, no matter how insignificant that it may seem, they should contact the PSNI or Gardai immediately,' Mr Hussey added.

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer said the victim was the youngest of three boys.

"I am very disturbed that he was the victim of such an attack in Omagh and I am also very concerned about the increasing level of drink fuelled crime in our community," he said.

'This is devastating news for the McGovern family. The loss of a loved one is terrible at any time of the year but made more poignant as it coincides with the beginning of the New Year," he added.

A post-mortem examination is due to conducted to establish a cause of death.

"No further information is available at this stage," a Garda spokesman said.

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Comments Comments
ella coiley in newtownabbey wrote (754 days ago):
Iknow only to well what this family is going through 5 years ago on the 19 December my husband Kevin finished work to begin the Christmas hoildays that nite my husband was dead the result in court was ONE PUNCH MANSLAUGHTER to our family it was murder when will drunk people relize that your FIST is a weapon and a very leathel weapon when drunk the courts have not changed much in 5 years about hard punishment for these asults i only hope this family get justice for their poor son I SEND MY SMYPATHEY TO HIS FAMILY Mrs Ella Coiley
karen in east belfast wrote (755 days ago):
r.i.p .things like this should never happen . i hope they find the person who did this took away a young mans life... thinking off hes family ... whats this world comeing to..
Peter McCoy in Antrim wrote (755 days ago):
its always more tragic when its from a fist fight because the poor kids dont no what there getting themselves into when things like this happen
John in Co.armagh wrote (755 days ago):
Hope they catch the person who attacked this young man which was shocking to say the least, this type of attack has no place in a modern society, my heart goes out to the family of this youg man, and may he rest in peace.
marie in belfast wrote (755 days ago):
so sad to hear this news. as i have a 19year old son myself who was also out celebrating. this would be the worse heart breaking news any parent should receive.my prayers and thoughts go out to his poor family.xx
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