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Jury sworn in for Marcell Seeley murder trial

Accused Mark Daniel Ward denies the charge

By Ashleigh McDonald

A jury was sworn at Belfast Crown Court on Wednesday to preside over a trial concerning the murder of Co Armagh man Marcell Seeley.

Mr Seeley, also known as Junior, was found dead in his home by his sister in October 2013.

Standing trial for his murder is Craigavon man Mark Daniel Ward, who has been charged with, but who has denied, a charge of murder.

The remains of the 34-year-old were discovered at his flat in the Dingwell Park area of the Tagnaven estate in Lurgan on October 13, 2015.

Ward (25), from Drumellan Gardens in Moyraverty, appeared at Belfast Crown Court, where he spoke to confirm both his name and the fact he was ready for his trial.

After a jury consisting of eight women and three men was sworn, prosecuting barrister David McDowell QC revealed the trial is expected to last for around four weeks. The jury was also told the case is due to begin next Monday.

Before releasing the jury until next week, trial judge Mr Justice Treacy told them: "Don't be looking on the internet or carrying out any research of any kind in relation to this case. Don't talk about the case, or Google it.

"You will decide the case only on the evidence you will hear in court, and nothing else. Keep your mind free of any external influences."

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