A 34-YEAR-old's crown court case has been sent back to the magistrates court after the most serious charge was dropped. 

Craig Gammack, of Badsey, near Evesham, had faced a charge of intentional strangulation which the prosecution alleged had taken place on July 16.

The case was heard at Worcester Crown Court on Tuesday, (August 22), after being sent up from the lower court. 

Nicholas Berry, prosecuting, told the court that following the emergence of new details this count was going to be dismissed. 

Gammack, who was not present for his court hearing, is also accused of assault by beating. 

That offence took place on July 18 and Gammack is yet to plead to the charge. 

Gammack has admitted a charge of criminal damage.

That offence took place in Evesham between July 1 and July 18 - the defendant destroying a mobile phone. 

His Honour Judge Jonathan Salmon said with the most serious count dismissed, he would send the case back to the magistrates court. 

The judge told Gammack's advocate, Rebecca Da Silva, the date of the next hearing would be set by magistrates court staff adminstratively.