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Jason McGovern death: police launch murder investigation

The 19-year-old was attacked twice while on a night out in Omagh.

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DETECTIVES IN NORTHERN Ireland have launched an official murder investigation following the death of Monaghan student Jason McGovern on 31 December.

The 19-year-old was found dead at a house in Emyvale on Monday morning. He had been assaulted on two separate occasions earlier while on a night out in Omagh, across the border.

A post mortem exam showed that he died from head injuries.

PSNI officers wish to speak to a man they have described as stocky with ginger or blond-coloured hair. Police have urged him to contact them to assist with their enquiries.

According to reports, the victim was punched while at a licensed premises on John Street at about midnight. Two hours later, he was attacked again outside a nightclub on the Kevlin Road.

He then made his way to a friend’s house where his body was found at 11am.

Gardaí are assisting the PSNI with the investigation.

BBC News reports that Detective Chief Inspector Richard Harkness has urged taxi drivers and motorists who were at the Weigh Inn car park on Monday night to contact them. They specifically want to speak to two middle-aged men who helped Jason and his friend into a taxi after the second assault.

Jason McGovern death: investigation continues as PSNI seek interview

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