Craigavon killing victim ’may have been stamped on head’

Marcell Seeley was found dead in his Craigavon home on October 13
Marcell Seeley was found dead in his Craigavon home on October 13

A man found dead at his flat in Co Armagh may have had his head stamped on, the High Court has heard.

Prosecutors said 34-year-old Marcell ‘Junior’ Seeley suffered blunt force trauma in the alleged attack, with footwear patterns on his body indicating the type of blows inflicted.

It was also claimed that the man charged with his murder is linked by DNA on a cigarette butt discovered at the scene.

Mark Daniel Ward, 24, of Drumellan Gardens in Craigavon, denies carrying out the killing.

He was refused bail due to concerns he would not comply with any release conditions.

Mr Seeley was found dead at his home in the Dingwell Park area of Craigavon on October 13.

Police believe he was killed at some point in a four-day period leading up to the discovery of his body.

A post-mortem has established that he suffered head injuries, including severe bruising and lacerations, along with fractured ribs.

Fiona O’Kane, prosecuting, told the court the blows were consistent with either being kicked, punched or a combination of both.

Bruising patterns on the victim’s body also suggested he was stamped on, she contended.

The barrister said police suspect Ward had worn distinctive footwear with similar markings.

She claimed he was seen at Mr Seeley’s home before going to a neighbour and allegedly remarking: “Junior, two uppercuts and one to the right.”

A cigarette end recovered from the victim’s flat was said to have yielded a DNA connection with the accused.

Eugene Grant QC, defending, argued that witness statements contain a number of inconsistencies.

He insisted that no definitive time of death has been established, and challenged the DNA connection against his client.

In a further submission, Mr Grant said: “Footwear is notoriously tenuous evidence unless there is a striking similarity.”

However, Lord Justice Weir denied the application for bail.

Ruling that Ward must remain in custody, the judge said: “There’s a well-developed concern that if released he wouldn’t comply with bail conditions.”