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Man accused of administering drugs to cause a woman's abortion

Published 30/12/2015

The abortion drug Mifepristone
The abortion drug Mifepristone

A young Northern Ireland man has appeared in court over multiple alleged offences against a woman, one of which includes administering drugs to cause an abortion.

Philip Griffiths (24), of Spout Walk, Fivemiletown, Co Tyrone, is facing eight charges against the woman, some of which are believed to have taken place over a number of years, culminating this month.

The charge of administering drugs with intent to cause an abortion is alleged to have happened between 1 September and 31 October this year.

He is also alleged to have threatened the to kill the woman and destroy her home, assaulted and harassed her, and possessed a kitchen knife as an offensive weapon with intent to commit grievous bodily harm, as well as damaging the woman’s bathroom door.

However due to a delay in the Prosecution Service attending Dungannon Magistrates Court for the hearing, the accused was advised by the judge to go home.

Deputy District Judge Peter Magill told Griffiths, “I don’t see why you need to hang around here. Your case is awaiting a full file but because prosecution aren’t here I can’t tell you when that is due.”

Griffiths was remanded on £300 bail and ordered to have no contact with the female victim. He is also banned from entering Fivemiletown as defined by the 30mph speed limit.

The case is due back in court next month.

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