Belfast Telegraph

Thug admits giving heroin to tragic woman

By Michael Donnelly

A man once jailed for threatening to kill a friend has pleaded guilty to the supply of heroin linked to the death of a young woman in March last year.

Liam Dowds, from River Terrace in south Belfast yesterday admitted supplying the drug between March 6 and 10 last year.

The defendant was remanded back into custody for sentencing next month.

Prosecution lawyer Robin Steer gave no details to Belfast Crown Court surrounding the charge, save that the case "unfortunately" involved a death.

A High Court bail hearing earlier this year heard that 35-year-old Dowds was arrested as part of an investigation into the death of a 25-year-old woman on March 8 last year.

The court was told that her body was discovered at closing time on the floor of a toilet in KFC's Donegall Place branch.

An autopsy confirmed she died of a heroin overdose shortly after taking the Class A drug.

Five years ago, Dowds was jailed for two years for threatening to kill a former acquaintance.

He later begged his accuser to drop the charges and in return he would "pay anything ... thousands of pounds".

The then 29-year-old confronted his victim with two large butcher-type knives in January 2010, threatening him and his children.

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