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Brutally beaten man was carried up stairs, showered and changed twice before dying two days later

By Ashleigh McDonald

Published 18/10/2016

Owen Creaney (right) arm-inarm with the man accused of his murder, Stephen Hughes
Owen Creaney (right) arm-inarm with the man accused of his murder, Stephen Hughes

A Co Armagh man currently standing trial for murder claimed yesterday that he was unaware the injuries inflicted on a man beaten in his home were as serious as they were.

Stephen Thomas Hughes (29) and his 25-year old co-accused Shaunean Boyle have been jointly charged with murdering 40-year old Lurgan man Owen Creaney, who was fatally beaten in Hughes' Moyraverty Court home in Craigavon in July 2014.

After he was attacked, Mr Creaney was carried up stairs, showered and changed twice before passing away from his injuries two days later. His remains were then dumped into a green wheelie bin.

Both Boyle, from Edenderry Park in Banbridge, and Hughes have admitted they were in the house when the brutal beating occurred - but have both said they were not involved in the attack in the early hours of Thursday, July 3, and have pointed the finger of blame at each other.

Giving evidence at Belfast Crown Court for the second day, Hughes was again asked about the attack on Mr Creaney - who prior to the beating had been drinking with Hughes and Boyle.

Hughes again denied he had assaulted Mr Creaney, saying that Boyle had punched, kicked and stamped on Mr Creaney in the hallway of his home.

A state pathologist concluded that the deceased died as a result of blunt force trauma to both his chest and head. Mr Creaney's injuries included a total of 15 fractured ribs and a broken breastbone, as well as bleeding of and tearing to the brain.

During cross-examination by prosecuting barrister Liam McCollum QC, the severity of Mr Creaney's injuries were again highlighted.

Hughes was asked: "Have you ever had a fractured rib?"

When Hughes responded he had, Mr McCollum pointed out this was an "extremely painful injury".

Hughes was also asked about Mr Creaney when he was being showered and changed twice.

Mr McCollum said this movement "must have been agony for him... with several fractured ribs on both sides". At this point, Hughes said he did notice a bruise on Mr Creaney's chest the second time they changed him.

Hughes said Mr Creaney "wasn't making any noise", telling the court: "I honestly didn't know he had any broken ribs or anything."

When he was asked about the state of Mr Creaney's face after the attack and once it had been cleaned by Boyle, Hughes said he noticed the victim had "two black eyes and a wee cut to his lip".

During yesterday's hearing, the father-of-one was also asked what he thought was going to happen to Mr Creaney's remains after they were placed in the green recycling bin.

He was asked by Mr McCollum: "You knew you wanted to put him in the bin. What was going to happen next?"

Hughes replied "I can't give you a straight answer on that. I do not know."

At hearing.

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