Craigavon murder victim Marcell Seeley kicked in head

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Murder victim Marcell Seeley Jnr was kicked and stamped to death, a judge has heard.

Applying for bail at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court where he appeared via videolink was 24-year-old Mark Daniel Ward from Drumellan Gardens in the town.

He is charged with the murder of Mr Seeley between October 9 and October 13.

A detective sergeant said that a post-mortem showed that Mr Seeley had died from blunt force trauma to his head which involved kicking, while a footwear pattern suggested stamping.

The officer told the court of the movements of the accused and in a heavily intoxicated state he is alleged to have said ‘Junior, two uppercuts and on to the head’ to a neighbour.

Opposing bail he said there was a risk of flight, a risk of reoffending and that Ward had previously breached court bail on three occasions.

There was also a fear that he might interfere with or intimidate witnesses.

A defence solicitor said Ward had no intention of interfering with witnesses and that the case against him was a ‘tenuous’ one.

He added that his client had an address in Downpatrick he could go to and this was just a few hundred yards from a police station. He would also comply with any court-imposed conditions.

District Judge Bernie Kelly disagreed, however, and said the address had not been approved by police and Ward had been assessed at a high risk of reoffending.

She also felt there was a real risk of him interfering with witnesses.

Refusing bail she said that Ward had the right to apply to the High Court.

Ward was remanded into custody to appear again on November 27.