A loyalist community worker accused of raping a woman who later killed herself has had the charge against him withdrawn, it emerged yesterday.
The decision to end proceedings against David McConnell was made on a without prejudice basis.
It means the case could still be brought back to court at a later stage.
McConnell, 35, with an address at Victoria Road in the Sydenham area of east Belfast, had been charged with carrying out a rape in the city last June.
The alleged victim took her own life days later, police told a court hearing.
McConnell was said to have been facing death threats from loyalist paramilitaries, and an order was previously made to protect his identity.