Boxer who assaulted pair and joked about ‘few months’ in jail caged for 3 years

A boxer who attacked two businessmen in a cafe has been given his own knockout blow after he was jailed for years longer than he expected.

Title-winning Ulster amateur boxer James Bernard McGovern was sentenced to more than three years behind bars, despite saying on social media he faced just "a couple of months in jail, sure it will be grand".

Cavan Circuit Criminal Court was told two days before the attack, McGovern's truck driving Dad had been laid off by the company his victims worked for, the Irish Mirror reports.

CCTV in the Apple Green Service Station café, near Ballyconnell, shows McGovern entering the cafe and ordering a cup of tea.

He then walks up to the victims' table, throws the scalding hot drink right into one man's face and then swings a right hook and punches his colleague in the face, breaking his nose and causing him a serious eye injury.

McGovern then lands several other haymakers as his victim tries to get away.

He continued to kick and punch him even as he lay on the ground.

Other cafe customers eventually restrained McGovern, who struggled free and fled.

The court was told McGovern had no involvement in subsequent events when one of his victims was later abducted and tortured by a gang.

Hours before he was sentenced for the attack, the 24-year-old released a video saying: "Tomorrow morning I am up for sentencing… so this time tomorrow I will either be back in Castlerea Prison or I will be back in Springtown, Kinawley, please God.

"Either way, a couple of months in jail, sure it will be grand. I will get on with it. I will have it behind me. I will move on with my life.

"I can hold my head high. I didn't steal anything, I didn't murder anyone, I didn't rape anyone. Yeah, maybe I shouldn't have done it."

However, sentencing him for the attack which took place on February 1, 2019, Judge John Aylmer told him the assault offences were "callous" and "premeditated" and were so serious he deserved to be jailed for three years and three months.

McGovern had previously pleaded guilty to both charges.

The court also heard one of the victims had told police he bore McGovern no ill will and that McGovern, of Springtown Road, Kinawley, was suffering from depression at the time of the attack and was sorry for his actions.

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