An assault case between two former neighbours and a boxing champion in which all three are pleading not guilty, was given a hearing date of March 29 in the District Court this week (January 19 ).
David Stephens (27 ), of Brawney Square but formerly from St Mel’s Terrace, Athlone, and Michael Horan (31 ) of St Mel’s Terrace, are alleging they were assaulted by 21-year-old Kenneth Okungbowa, of Auburn Villas, Athlone at Alfredo’s chip shop in Irishtown on September 5.
Just last month, representing Athlone Boxing Club, Okungbowa added the national intermediate belt to his All-Ireland u21 superheavyweight title.
According to Inspector Nicholas Farrell for the State, there were at least three encounters on the night in question, and that “there were no weapons, just fists and kicks involved”.
Horan is alleging he received lacerations and bruising, while Stephens is alleging he was knocked to the ground and received abrasions, bruising, and loss of consciousness. Neither were hospitalised.
In a counter allegation, Okungbowa reported he was hit on the head, jaw, and kicked on the hip on the appropriately named Paynes Lane on the same evening. Like the other two protagonists, Okungbowa also did not require any medical attention, and is further charged with two public order offences from the same night.
Judge David Anderson accepted jurisdiction, and remanded all three on continuing bail to appear at a special sitting of the District Court for a full hearing of the case on March 29.