McGovern is a Thug and sadly once a good Boxer? This Bitter hate continues on the Border and other Counties. Who was really behind the Savage Abduction and Assault on Kevin Lunney in September 2019?

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Boxer sentenced after injuring Kevin Lunney in ‘vicious’ attack involving boiled water

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A medal-winning boxer has been jailed for three years and three months for assaulting two senior businessmen.a man wearing a suit and tie© Provided by Extra.ie

James Bernard McGovern, 24, pleaded guilty to attacking Kevin Lunney and Dara O’Reilly causing them harm at the Applegreen Service Station in Co. Cavan on February 1, 2019.

He threw a cup of boiled water at Mr O’Reilly’s face and with the ‘vicious’ use of his fist he caused severe injuries to Mr Lunney’s face, nose and eyes.a man wearing a suit and tie: A medal-winning boxer has been jailed for three years and three months for assaulting two senior businessmen. Pic: Brian Lawless/PA Wire© Provided by Extra.ie A medal-winning boxer has been jailed for three years and three months for assaulting two senior businessmen. Pic: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Mr Lunney is the chief operating officer and Mr O’Reilly is the chief financial officer at Mannok, formerly Quinn Industrial Holdings.

The firm was once owned by businessman Seán Quinn.

McGovern, of Springtown Road, Kinawley, Co. Fermanagh, appeared at Cavan Circuit Court yesterday.

Judge John Aylmer told the court that the accused’s attack was motivated by a desire to ‘avenge a grievance arising in relation to the victims’ performance of their duties as managers in a business.a close up of a man with a beard looking at the camera: Mr Lunney is the chief operating officer and Mr O’Reilly is the chief financial officer at Mannok, formerly Quinn Industrial Holdings. Pic: BBC Spotlight/BBC/PA Wire© Provided by Extra.ie Mr Lunney is the chief operating officer and Mr O’Reilly is the chief financial officer at Mannok, formerly Quinn Industrial Holdings. Pic: BBC Spotlight/BBC/PA Wire

Judge Aylmer said the attack was ‘callously premeditated’ and involved the use of a weapon, namely a cup of recently boiled water, which was thrown in the face of Mr O’Reilly.

He also said the ‘vicious’ use of his fist by a fight-winning boxer caused severe injuries to Mr Lunney’s face, nose and eyes.

‘Having regard to those aggravating features I place both offences in the upper end of offending,’ Judge Aylmer added.

He said the mitigating features of the case put forward by defence barrister Karl Monaghan were that he was a relatively young man without any previous convictions and was ‘otherwise of good character’.

The judge also noted the character references provided on behalf of McGovern, which he said speak highly of the accused, included a good employment history and good future prospects.a person wearing a suit and tie: James Bernard McGovern, 24, pleaded guilty to attacking Kevin Lunney and Dara O’Reilly. Pic: Brian Lawless/PA Wire© Provided by Extra.ie James Bernard McGovern, 24, pleaded guilty to attacking Kevin Lunney and Dara O’Reilly. Pic: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The judge also said that he entered an early plea after he made himself available from Northern Ireland ahead of an extradition order.

However, the judge also noted the ‘overwhelming’ case against the accused.

The court also heard that McGovern offered compensation of €1,000 to Mr Lunney as a token of his remorse. However, Mr Lunney, who did not appear in court, said he has no desire to receive the money and left it to the court to determine what to do with it.a man looking at the camera: Judge Aylmer said the attack was ‘callously premeditated’ and involved the use of a weapon, namely a cup of recently boiled water. Pic: BBC© Provided by Extra.ie Judge Aylmer said the attack was ‘callously premeditated’ and involved the use of a weapon, namely a cup of recently boiled water. Pic: BBC

The court was also told that the accused has a history of depression and paranoia.

Judge Aylmer also said that McGovern is not connected in any way to a previous attack on Mr Lunney, in which he was abducted and savagely beaten in September 2019.

The judge also said that this will be his first experience in prison, which will be ‘hard on him’.

McGovern was sentenced to three years and three months for assaulting Mr Lunney, and five months for his assault on Mr O’Reilly, which are to run concurrently.a man walking down the street: McGovern’s mother attempted to hug him before he was put in the prison van, but was prevented from doing so by gardai. Pic: Shutterstock© Provided by Extra.ie McGovern’s mother attempted to hug him before he was put in the prison van, but was prevented from doing so by gardai. Pic: Shutterstock

Defence counsel asked if the court would consider suspending a portion of the sentence, however, the judge said that it would not be ‘appropriate’.

McGovern’s mother attempted to hug him before he was put in the prison van, but was prevented from doing so by gardai.

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