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Blood on walls of ‘murder house’, court told

Owen Creaney's body was found in a bin

Owen Creaney's body was found in a bin

A murder victim found dumped in a wheelie bin was showered after being subjected to a violent assault, the High Court heard today.

Police also believe the house in which Lurgan man Owen Creaney was allegedly beaten to death had been cleaned by the time searches were carried out, prosecutors said.

Details emerged as bail was refused to a woman jointly accused of carrying out the killing in Craigavon, Co Armagh.

Shauneen Boyle, 23, of Edenderry Park, Banbridge, denies a charge of murdering Mr Creaney sometime between July 4 and July 5.

The 40-year-old’s body was discovered on Saturday in a bin outside the Moyraverty Court home of Boyle’s co-accused, 27-year-old Stephen Hughes.

Post-mortem examinations revealed Mr Creaney, described as frail and vulnerable, died from severe chest injuries and possible head injuries.

Boyle and Hughes were both interviewed more than 20 times and each blame the other for the killing, the court heard.

Prosecuting counsel Stephanie Boyd said police went to the Moyraverty Court address and asked permission to search it.

Officers spotted blood on the walls and believed the property had been recently cleaned, she said.

It was alleged that Boyle later informed police they should look in the bin where the body was ultimately found.

Following her arrest she claimed to have provided care and assistance to Mr Creaney by visiting him and offering water, the court heard.

But Mrs Boyd said no professional medical assistance was sought.

She revealed that a witness in the investigation has claimed Boyle confessed to have “gone mad” by punching and kicking the victim.

Questioned by the judge about the state of forensic evidence, the barrister claimed it was limited because Mr Creaney had been showered at the time the injuries were inflicted.

The court also heard the victim may have lain in bed for up to 48 hours after the alleged attack.

Refusing bail, Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan said: “There’s a prima facie case in relation to her involvement in this crime, and there’s clear and demonstrable evidence of a risk of violent activities if she were to be released from custody.”

 
 
 

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