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Abortion drug charge against Northern Ireland man Philip Griffiths dropped

By Paul Higgins

Published 18/04/2016

Philip Griffiths leaving court at a previous hearing.
Philip Griffiths leaving court at a previous hearing.

A charge against a Co Tyrone man accused of giving a woman a drug to procure an abortion was dropped at a court hearing on Monday.

A prosecuting lawyer told Dungannon Magistrates' Court that count four, alleging 24-year-old Philip Griffiths administered a drug to procure an abortion on a date between 1 September and 31 October last year, was being withdrawn "without prejudice."

However, Griffiths also faces charges that he assaulted the woman and possessed a kitchen knife with intent to inflict previous bodily harm.

Griffiths, from Spout Walk in Fivemiletown, is also charged with threatening to kill the woman and threatening to destroy her home on a date unknown between January and December last year, harassing her and causing criminal damage to her bathroom door.

He did not attend court to hear the development in the case against him on Monday but is due before the court on May 4 when the investigating officer is also scheduled to attend to give the court an update on the progress of the file.

Griffiths is currently on his own £300 bail with conditions that he is barred from contacting the woman he allegedly assaulted and from entering Fivemiletown.

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