Murdered man was ‘frail and vulerable’

Moyraverty Court - Craigavon
Moyraverty Court - Craigavon

The 40-year-old man who was found murdered in Craigavon has been named as Owen Creaney.

Mr Creaney’s body was found in a wheelie bin in a porch at the rear of a house at Moyraverty Court.

Murder victim 40 year old Owen Creaney

Murder victim 40 year old Owen Creaney

At a PSNI press conference today it emerged that Mr Creaney was disabled.

He had lived at Victoria Place in Lurgan and is described as ‘vulnerable’.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Campbell from Serious Crime Branch who is leading the investigation, said police were called to 140 Moyraverty Court on Saturday afternoon after a report of suspicious activity at the address.

“When officers arrived they found the body of Owen Creaney,” he said. “It had been placed in a wheelie bin in a porch at the rear of the house.

“Two people in the house were arrested. They are a 27-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman. They were taken initially to Lurgan police station but have since been transferred to the Serious Crime Suite at Antrim police station where they continue to be questioned.”

Det Chief Insp Campbell said a post mortem examination is taking place to determine the cause of death “but early indications are that he was the victim of a serious and sustained assault”.

Issuing two appeals for information Det Chief Insp Campbell said he needs to talk to anyone who saw or heard a disturbance or suspicious activity at 140 Moyraverty Court any time between last Wednesday afternoon July 2 and yesterday afternoon July 5.

“I also need to talk to anyone who saw or spoke with Owen during that same period, last Wednesday 2 July and yesterday afternoon.”

“Our enquiries are progressing. We are following a number of definite lines of enquiry but we would ask the local community for their assistance and co-operation.” He advised anyone with information to call 101 and ask to speak to detectives at Lurgan.