Residents in the Moyraverty area of Craigavon have voiced their horror after police swooped on Saturday afternoon to the house where Lurgan man Owen Creaney’s body was found in a wheelie bin.
One resident described how at 2pm police arrived at a house in Moyraverty Court and made the grim discovery soon after.
The body of Mr Owen Creaney, a 40 year old man from Lurgan, was discovered inside a green wheelie bin at the back of the property.
A 27-year-old man, Stephen Hughes, who lived at the house in Moyraverty Court, has been charged with Mr Creaney’s murder as has a 23 year old woman Shauneen Boyle with an address at Edenderry Park, Banbridge.
One local resident explained that there had been a loud commotion at around 4am on Saturday morning at the Moyraverty Court house but wasn’t sure what exactly happened.
“We couldn’t believe it. It was such a shock on Saturday afternoon when we found out what happened,” said another resident.
“It’s just horrific. This area used to be such a quiet place but this past ten years it has just gone downhill and a lot of undesirables have moved in,” he said.
Moyraverty Court/Clanrolla Park Residents Association have ‘utterly condemned the brutal assault and subsequent death of a very vulnerable man’.
“We extend our deepest sympathy to his father, mother, brothers, sisters and extended family and would urge all residents to give full co-operation to the PSNI and pass any information they have, no matter how insignificant which may help bring closure and a swift conviction to those who carried out such a dastardly deed,” said the statement.
Residents had gathered in shock around the scene on Saturday as police forensic officers scoured the house for evidence. Initial reports at the scene suggested the victim had been stabbed.
It is understood Mr Creaney had been at the property at Moyraverty prior to his death.
Photos had been posted on a social network site of Hughes with his arms around the late Mr Creaney.
Police have described the murdered man, who lived at Victoria Place in Lurgan, as frail and vulnerable who needed a walking frame or stick to move around.
Detectives said Mr Creaney was subjected to a ‘serious and sustained” assault.
Detective Chief Inspector Richard Campbell, the PSNI officer leading the murder investigation, said on Sunday that a post mortem was to take place and ‘at the moment so the cause of death has yet to be determined, but early indications are that he was the victim of a serious and sustained assault’.
Mr Campbell made two specific appeals for information.
“I need 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, Saturday (July 5),” he said.
“I also need to talk to anyone who saw or spoke with Owen during that same period.
“Our inquiries are progressing. We are following a number of definite lines of inquiry but we would ask the local community for their assistance and co-operation.
“Anyone with information can call the non-emergency number 101 and ask to speak to detectives at Lurgan police station.
“I would hope that the community would be rightly disgusted by the attempt to conceal Owen’s body after this brutal murder.
“Owen was 40. In fact, he celebrated his 40th birthday last Saturday, June 28.
“He was a frail and vulnerable man.
“Although he was only 40 he had significant mobility issues which meant he required the aid of a walking frame or stick to get about.
“I think it is important for the community to reject this violent assault on Owen and contact police with any information which they have.”