Compassionate bail to visit ill father

Marcell Seeley (34)  who was found dead in Lurgan.
Marcell Seeley (34) who was found dead in Lurgan.

An alleged killer will have a police escort to visit his father in hospital after he suffered a stroke, a court heard today (Wednesday).

Defence lawyer Aaron Thompson told Craigavon Magistrates Court that while there was an initial proposal for a surety to accompany 25-year-old Mark Daniel Ward, the PSNI “want to deploy resources to bring him to the hospital and return him [to prison].”

Unemployed Ward, from Drumellan Gardens, is in custody accused of the murder of Marcell Seeley in the Dingwell Park area of Lurgan on a date unknown between 9-13 October last year and previous courts have heard that he “strenuously denies” involvement.

Lodging an application for Ward’s temporary release under compassionate bail, Mr Thompson revealed that Ward’s father had suffered a stroke and was currently in hospital.

Granting Ward’s temporary release tomorrow (thurs) on his own bail of £500, Judge Kelly warned that “short of his father unfortunately passing away, this will be the only compassionate application.”