Abortion drug charge withdrawn, court told
A charge accusing a Co Tyrone man of giving a woman a drug to procure an abortion has been dropped.
A prosecuting lawyer told Dungannon Magistrates Court that a charge alleging 24-year-old Philip Griffiths administered a drug to procure an abortion on a date between September 1 and October 31 last year was being withdrawn "without prejudice".
It does not the end of the case, however, as Griffiths also faces accusations that he assaulted the woman and possessed a kitchen knife with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm.
Griffiths, from Spout Walk in Fivemiletown, is also charged with threatening to kill the woman and threatening to destroy her home, harassing her and causing criminal damage to her bathroom door. Griffiths did not attend court to hear the development in the case against him yesterday.
He is due before the court on May 4 when the investigating officer is also scheduled to give the court an update on the progress of the file.