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PPS will be given Mairead McCallion inquest transcripts

By Victoria Leonard

Police will make transcripts of an inquest into the death of a Co Tyrone woman available to the Public Prosecution Service.

It comes after a coroner ruled that Mairead McCallion, a 36-year-old trainee accountant, died from head injuries sustained as she was being removed from a house by her partner.

Ms McCallion was found hurt by police outside a flat in Omagh in February 2014. She passed away the following day.

Coroner Paddy McGurgan found that the fatal trauma occurred "whilst the deceased was being removed from 6 Castleview Court by her then partner."

Noel Knox was initially charged with murder but the case was dropped after prosecutors raised concerns about inconclusive medical evidence. He denied wrongdoing.

Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell said: "We are aware of the findings of the coroner and we intend to make transcripts of the inquest proceedings available to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS).

"The decision to prosecute and whether the available evidence presents a reasonable prospect of conviction in a criminal court lies with the PPS."

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