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PPS may reinstate charges against man accused of killing girlfriend Laura Marshall

The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) has said it may reinstate charges at a future point against a man accused of killing his partner.

Gary O'Dowd (38), from Brookfield Avenue in Banbridge, had been accused of the murder of his dental nurse girlfriend Laura Marshall on a date unknown between March 31 and April  3 2016.

He had also faced an accusation of threatening to kill Ms Marshall "intending that Laura Marshall would fear it would be carried out" and with assaulting her on 23 March.

He always denied the charges against him.

He walked free from court on Friday after the prosecution withdrew all charges against him.

Laura Marshall

However, a spokesperson for the PPS told the Belfast Telegraph: “I can confirm the PPS has decided to withdraw all charges against Gary O’Dowd without prejudice.

“This decision was taken for a number of reasons, including witness availability in the coming months.

“The Test for Prosecution on these charges remains met and the course of action taken today provides the PPS with the option to reinstate charges at a future point.

“The PPS has met with the family of the victim to explain the reasons behind this development and will continue to keep in close contact with them.”

Previous courts have heard how 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, April 3.

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