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Charge dropped for Co Tyrone man accused of giving woman 'abortion drug'

Fivemiletown man Philip Griffiths who had a charge of administering a drug to procure an abortion withdrawn "without prejudice" at Dungannon Magistrates Court

A CHARGE accusing a Co Tyrone man of giving a woman a drug to procure an abortion was dropped yesterday.

A prosecuting lawyer told Dungannon Magistrates Court that a count alleging 24-year-old Philip Griffiths administered a drug to procure an abortion on a date between September 1and October 31 last year was being withdrawn.

However Griffiths still faces accusations that he assaulted a woman and possessed a kitchen knife with intent to inflict GBH.

Griffiths, from Spout Walk in Fivemiletown, is also charged with threatening to kill the woman and threatening to destroy her home on a date unknown between January and December last year, harassing her and causing criminal damage to her bathroom door.

Griffiths, who is currently on bail, did not attend court to hear the development in the case but is due before the court on May 4 when the investigating officer is also scheduled to attend to give the court an update on the progress of the file.

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