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A charge of murder has been withdrawn against an East Lismore man over an incident in September 2016 involving his neighbour.

Police alleged Nicholas Paul Howland killed his 55-year-old neighbour David Anthony Marriott, at 5pm, on September 2, following an altercation outside a unit block on College St.

Paramedics treated Mr Marriott at the scene, before he was taken to Lismore Base Hospital where he died a short time later.

Mr Howland was arrested at the scene and taken to Lismore police station where he was refused bail by police and charged with Mr Marriott’s murder on September 3.

After initially being refused bail at Lismore Local Court, Mr Howland was granted conditional bail to reside back at his East Lismore unit.

At several mentions of Mr Howland’s matter before Lismore Local Court since the incident, his solicitor Hugh Van-Dugteren said he was waiting on a cardiologist’s report, which would determine whether Mr Marriott was murdered, or he suffered a heart attack.

On Tuesday, Mr Van-Dugteren told Lismore Local Court the murder charge against Mr Howland had been withdrawn.
‘I can advise the crown wishes to withdraw the charge,’ he said.

‘There is no further proceedings.’

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