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Tyrone man to stand trial over murder of ex-girlfriend whose body was never found

Denies killing: John Miller
Denies killing: John Miller

By John Cassidy

A Co Tyrone man is to stand trial later this year over the murder of his former girlfriend.

Charlotte Murray (34) went missing in October 2012, and her body has never been recovered.

John Patrick Miller appeared yesterday at Dungannon Crown Court, sitting in Belfast, to be formally arraigned on the single charge he faced.

The 48-year-old, of Redford Park, Dungannon, replied "not guilty" when the charge of murdering Ms Murray on a date between October 31, 2012 and November 2, 2012, was put to him by the court clerk.

Mr Justice Colton heard that the trial is expected to last up to four weeks, with the court venue still to be decided.

No details were given in court yesterday about the circumstances surrounding Ms Murray's murder.

But at a previous hearing in Dungannon Magistrates Court, a PSNI detective sergeant told the district judge that police believe Mr Miller murdered Ms Murray after he became aware she had been having a brief relationship with another man, and that explicit images of them together had been forwarded to Mr Miller by email.

He added that spatters of Charlotte Murray's blood had been found in a bathroom at the house in Roxborough Heights that she had shared with Mr Miller.

However, a defence lawyer rejected this assertion.

He said: "The presence of blood does not signify a murder occurred in that house. Animal blood was also found there.

"There is no evidence a murder took place in the house."

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