Murder victim found in wheelie bin

Published Sunday, 06 July 2014
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Police found the body of a murder victim in Craigavon concealed in a wheelie bin, it has emerged.

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The discovery was made when officers called at the Moyraverty Court property on Saturday afternoon. They were following up reports of suspicious activity at the house.

The body had been placed in a wheelie bin in a porch at the rear of the property.

The victim has been named as Owen Creaney, who was 40 and from Lurgan. Mr Creaney was disabled and used a mobility frame.

He was described by police as "vulnerable."

Two people - a 27-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman - were arrested on Saturday at the house.

They were taken to Lurgan PSNI Station, but have since been transferred to Antrim Serious Crime Suite where they remain in custody

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Campbell, from Serious Crime Branch, said that Mr Creaney had obviously been the victim of "a very serious and sustained assault" which resulted in his death.

He has probably survived for a period of time after that assault and has died at this address without receiving any medical attention.

DCI Richard Campbell

"There was an attempt to conceal his body by hiding him in a wheelie bin in the address and I would hope that the community would be rightly disgusted by that - the fact that he was allowed to remain without any medical attention and then even after death, there was no respect shown to his body with the attempt to conceal it."

Detectives are appealing to anyone who either heard or saw a disturbance, or any suspicious activity, in the area between Wednesday afternoon and Saturday afternoon to contact them.

They also want to speak to anyone who saw Mr Creaney or was in contact with him between Wednesday and Saturday.

Investigating officers can be contacted by calling the non-emergency number 101 and asking for detectives at Lurgan PSNI Station.

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j p magee in belfast wrote (205 days ago):
999 could have give the fella the chance of surviving, and you could have had a slice of remorse on what you did ? SHAME ON YOU . ALL IN FRONT OF YOU ?
Annonamous in Nationalist Lurgan wrote (209 days ago):
I am terrible worried anxious now in how dangerous I have seen changes in new generations anti-social behaviour orders in Kilwilkie north Lurgan got worse pick on most vunerable speical needs target us go to shop, bus download privacy video images spread lies around social media like tonights report youth in fight in parks Belfast it has become that bad now in Lurgan area phone internet networks need to ban video off blackberry i-pads or restrict age limits to 21 like alcohol and cigerettes but selfy poor parents would get it for their kids anyway politic need to tax charge for images to be kept limited or end up next target victim in the BIN like well known Mr Owen McCready not safe to Live here at all England or Spain better off to wake up happy safe # # #
Linda in Lisburn wrote (209 days ago):
Let's hope those responsible for his murder get life and I mean for the rest of their life .
lucylou in belfast wrote (209 days ago):
Soft justice system and get out of jail free cards for murderers as part of the GFA perpetuates the myth that life is cheap with absolutely no regard for victims and their families. People believe what they see and hear and that's what they see and hear in N Ireland.
Ger in Lurgan wrote (209 days ago):
My God I hope the poor man can rest in peace. The savage depravity of the people who did this knows no bounds.
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