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Murder hunt after body of man is found in Lurgan flat

By David Young

Published 14/10/2015

Police officers at Dingwell Park area yesterday
Police officers at Dingwell Park area yesterday
Victim Marcell Seeley received a suspended sentence last year

A murder hunt is under way in Lurgan after a man's body was discovered in a flat in the town's Dingwell Park.

Police forensic teams were last night scouring the flat for clues after the grim discovery at lunchtime yesterday.

The victim was named locally as Marcell 'Junior' Seeley (33), a well-known figure in the Lurgan area.

He is understood to have suffered a head injury, but the cause of his death will not be known until the results of a post-mortem examination are available.

PSNI officers had cordoned off the Housing Executive flats where the body was discovered.

Dingwell Park is situated in the Taghnevan Estate, a fiercely republican area in the Co Armagh town.

Anti-social behaviour has often been a problem in the area, according to local sources.

Sinn Fein MLA John O'Dowd said that Mr Seeley's body had been found by a family member.

"This is a tragic event and it is still early in the police investigation regarding the circumstances surrounding this death.

"Our thoughts must be with the family and friends of those affected.

"Everyone in the Taghnevan and wider community will be shocked by this death.

"At this stage I would call on anyone with any information whatsoever to contact the PSNI," the MLA told reporters.

Ulster Unionist councillor Colin McCusker said: "I condemn this murder, and those who have carried it out.

"My sympathies are with the victim's family, and I call on anyone with information about this incident to talk to the police as soon as possible."

SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly said that the Seeley family were very well known in the area.

"Local people will be saddened by the loss of this young man's life, and I want to offer my condolences to his family circle," she said.

Ms Kelly also called for anyone with information about the murder to contact the PSNI.

Mr Seeley had a troubled past.

In February 2014, he was jailed for six months for making threats to kill his mother, according to reports in the Lurgan Mail. Mr Seeley's solicitor said at the hearing that his client had a history of alcohol misuse and addiction.

In December last year, Mr Seeley received a suspended sentence for possession of an offensive weapon - a knife - in Dingwell Park.

A PSNI spokesman said last night: "The death is being treated as suspicious and a post-mortem examination will take place to determine the cause."

Detective Chief Inspector Eamonn Corrigan, who is leading the murder enquiry, added: "If anyone saw anything unusual in the Dingwell Park area in recent days, we would like them to contact detectives at Mahon Road police station by calling the non-emergency number 101.

Dingwell Park previously hit the headlines in 2011 after Darius Porcikas, a Lithuanian, repeatedly raped a 26-year-old Lithuanian woman in a house in the north Lurgan street.

Porcikas received an 18-year sentence in 2014 for the offences.

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