A relative of some of the Mannok directors who was to stand trial for perjury after claiming to have paid for damage caused to a door of his property by the older brother of Bernard McGovern has changed his plea.

Gareth Lunney (36) from Market Square, Derrylin has admitted wilfully making a statement he knew to be false, namely that he paid for repairs on March 14, 2022.

A second charge of dishonestly making a false representation to make a gain for himself and loss to Patrick McGovern was left on the court books with a prosecuting barrister confirming the guilty plea satisfied the matter.

He appeared in the dock of Dungannon Crown Court on Tuesday where defence counsel asked for the perjury to be put to him again which was accepted.

Judge Fiona Bagnall ruled pre-sentence reports were required and remanded Lunney on continuing bail to return to court on April 12.

Previously Patrick McGovern from Springdale Road, Kinawley admitted damaging the door belonging to Gareth Lunney, nephew of one the Mannok directors on March 19, 2021, however, he denied threatening to kill him.

The offences occurred on the day Bernard McGovern was jailed for attacking Mannok directors Kevin Lunney and Dara O’Reilly in 2019.

During a contested hearing at Enniskillen Magistrates Court last year, Patrick McGovern accepted being extremely upset by the extent of the sentence handed down to his younger brother and had gone to Lunney’s home and damaged the door.

He was, however, adamant he had not threatened to kill.

However, issues arose over Lunney’s evidence when it emerged he had allegedly misled the court in respect of how the damage was caused and the cost of repairs.

During the court hearing, it was claimed Lunney told a repairs contractor in Belcoo that a forklift had driven into the door, and he needed an invoice to present to insurers.

The contractor provided a quote for repairs which Lunney advised the court had been carried out and paid for at a cost of £500. He produced a document to this effect which was challenged by McGovern’s defence who put it to Lunney he was lying under oath. It transpired a witness statement provided by the contractor and corroborated by police, detailed how Lunney contacted him on March 23, 2021, asking him to attend to the repairs.

When the contractor didn’t have time, Lunney requested a blank invoice, but this was refused.

During a robust cross-examination, Lunney eventually accepted the repairs were never carried out and the £500 invoice was fraudulent.

The cost of repairs was actually £98.

The threat charge was dismissed and he was ordered to pay £98 compensation for the door repairs.

A PSNI spokesperson later advised while no arrest was made at court “a man was cautioned on suspicion of perjury.”