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Community tension Man who erected posters convicted of harassing Mannok director Kevin Lunney

Sean McGovern's son is Bernard McGovern, who is serving a sentence for a separate incident against two directors, one of whom was Mr Lunney

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Kevin Lunney was kidnapped and tortured in a separate incident

Kevin Lunney was kidnapped and tortured in a separate incident

Kevin Lunney was kidnapped and tortured in a separate incident

A man has been convicted of harassing Mannok director Kevin Lunney.

Sean McGovern was found guilty following a contested hearing at Enniskillen Magistrates' Court.

His son is Bernard McGovern, who is serving a sentence in Castlerea Prison for a separate incident against two directors, one of whom was Mr Lunney.

McGovern (63), of Springtown Road, Kinawley, Co Fermanagh, denied harassing Mr Lunney and his wife and fellow directors Liam McCaffrey and Tony Lunney, between October 30 and December 20, 2020.

Mr McCaffrey described "an ongoing campaign of harassment taking many forms including social media and more direct physical abuse".

He referred to the torture of Mr Lunney, but after a period of calm, claims of victimisation emerged around Bernard McGovern's detention in Castlerea Prison ahead of trial for a separate attack.

He was later released on bail and on returning to court admitted the charges of assaulting Mr Lunney and another director for which he is serving a prison sentence.

Mr McCaffrey said: "Signs were erected naming a list of people, including me. It was deliberate targeting.

"There were attempts to ramp up tension in the community and I felt it appropriate to bring it to police attention. I felt unsafe and in fear," he told the court.

McGovern confirmed he owned the posters and erected them: "My youngest son Bernard was remanded and couldn't get bail. It was a campaign against that. My son is the victim."

Judge Steven Keown acquitted McGovern of harassing Mr McCaffrey, Tony Lunney and Kevin Lunney's wife Bronagh.

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McGovern waived his right to a pre-sentence report. The judge handed down a term of four months' custody, suspended for two years.

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