Northern Ireland

PSNI officer link to Dungannon murder case

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Image caption The police officer was released on bail

A police officer has been released on bail over allegations he accessed the police computer to provide information about a man who was later murdered.

Andrew Desmond Donaldson of Banbridge PSNI station was alleged to have provided information on Audrius Aukstolis to a "female friend" on 5 January.

The 29-year-old Lithuanian was stabbed to death in Dungannon a week later.

Mr Aukstolis had been investigated over several cases of kidnap, rape and assault of women.

Another Lithuanian man is currently being questioned over the killing.

Objecting to a bail application on behalf of Andrew Donaldson, a prosecution lawyer said they were concerned he would try to interfere with unnamed female who will be a witness in the case.

The lawyer said tje accused had allegedly been in contact with her since the killing, asking whether she had spoken to the police and if she had deleted text messages that he had sent to her.

Bail was granted but the accused officer will have to report to a police station every day and is not allowed to enter Dungannon or Coalisland.

He will appear in court next month.