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Laura Marshall murder: Man accused of killing girlfriend in court over 'threatening to kill her' almost two weeks before death

By Paul Higgins

Published 22/04/2016

Laura Marshall
Laura Marshall

A Gilford man already in custody accused of his girlfriend's murder has appeared in court again charged with threatening to kill her almost two weeks before she was found dead.

Standing in the dock at Craigavon Magistrates' Court in a white polo shirt and grey track suit bottoms, 36-year-old Gary O’Dowd confirmed that he understood the two charges against him.

O’Dowd, from the Knocknagore Road in Gilford is charged with making a threat to kill “intending that Laura Marshall would fear it would be carried out” and with assaulting her on 23 March this year.

While a police constable gave evidence that he believed he could connect O’Dowd to those charges, a prosecution barrister told the court there would be an application to “marry up” the two new charges with the murder charge he currently faces.

O’Dowd is accused of killing 31-year-old Miss Marshall on a date unknown between 30 March and 4 April this year.

The body of the popular dental nurse, described as “bubbly, fun loving and full of life” by her friends, was found by a maintenance man in a block of flats on Victoria Street in Lurgan on Sunday 3 April.

In court on Friday, O’Dowd’s defence solicitor said he was not applying for bail as the alleged killer is in custody “on other matters.”

Granting legal aid, District Judge Des Perry remanded O’Dowd into custody to appear again on 6 May via videolink.

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