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Victim alive for some time after beating, court is told

By Ashleigh McDonald

A Co Armagh man beaten to death in his own home survived for a number of hours after the fatal attack, a jury has heard.

Marcell 'Junior' Seeley, a 34-year-old father-of-four, was found dead in the living room of his Dingwell Park flat in the Taghnevan estate in Lurgan in October 2015, with the cause of death determined as blunt force trauma to the head.

Mark Daniel Ward (25), from Drumellan Gardens in the Moyraverty area of Craigavon, has been charged with murdering Mr Seeley in or around Sunday October 11, 2015. He denies the charge and is standing trial at Belfast Crown Court.

As the trial entered its second week, the jury of eight women and four men heard evidence from the pathologist who carried out the post-mortem on October 15, 2015, two days after his remains were discovered by his sister.

Dr James Lynas detailed the many injuries sustained by Mr Seeley and concluded death was due to brain injuries.

He also revealed that while some facial injuries such as cuts to the eyes and lips suggested punches, other injuries to his head, body and ear "would have undoubtedly been caused by kicking, stamping... or a combination of the two".

And the pathologist said that Mr Seeley "survived for a number of hours" after the beating, adding the severity of the injuries to his brain were responsible for his death.

Dr Lynas told the jury that blood and urine samples had indicated the presence of alcohol.

The level of intoxication, Dr Lynas said, would not only have reduced Mr Seeley's ability to defend himself, but would also have rendered him more susceptible to the effects of a head injury.

At hearing.

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