A champion motorcyclist accused over a New Year’s Eve killing in Omagh can compete in races in Belgium, a High Court judge ruled on Friday.
Mark Donnelly was given permission to fly to Brussells for the event while on bail charged with the manslaughter of a teenager in Omagh, Co Tyrone.
Jason McGovern, 19, from Co Monaghan, was attacked twice after leaving a nightclub in the early hours of December 31 last year.
He was found dead hours later at a friend’s house across the border.
Donnelly, 21, of Greencastle Road, Omagh, faces a further charge of affray in connection with the incident.
A number of other men have also been charged.
The court heard Mr McGovern became involved in a row with suspects when he left the nightclub with a friend.
He was knocked to the ground and further assaulted before getting up to get a taxi, according to the prosecution.
It was claimed that Donnelly and two other men followed him before launching a second attack.
A prosecution barrister said an eye-witness alleged Donnelly then threw a punch which floored the victim.
Mr McGovern hit his head on the ground, knocking him unconscious for a period, the court was told.
“Two males helped the deceased. He got in his taxi and went to Monaghan to stay at a friend’s house where he was found dead at midday,” the prosecution barrister said.
Donnelly, who has been on bail since January, was seeking to temporarily lift a condition that he must not leave Northern Ireland.
He wants to compete in an international motorbike event in Belgium next weekend.
His barrister, Adrian Colton QC, told the court he has taken part in the races since 2006, winning in 2008 and 2009.
“The plaintiff is a very keen participant in the sport of motorcycling. It’s an internationally recognised event,” he said.
Mr Justice Horner agreed to vary the bail terms so that Donnelly can be out of Northern Ireland from October 10-14.
The judge ordered the lodging in court of £11,000 in cash sureties as part of the conditions, and banned the accused from drinking while he’s away.
Donnelly’s girlfriend, 22-year-old Aisling McAleer, of Aghaboy Road, Omagh, faces a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice over a witness statement she provided about the incident.
She was seeking the lifting of a bail condition that she must not have have contact with her partner.
But the judge dismissed her application, ruling that it would be better to wait until after a scheduled preliminary enquiry hearing later this month.