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Craigavon murder: Man found dead in wheelie bin named as Owen Creaney


A vulnerable man found murdered in Craigavon on Saturday was discovered in a wheelie bin, police have said.

Officers speaking from the crime scene at Moyraverty Court in Craigavon said 40-year-old Owen Creaney, from Lurgan, suffered a sustained, brutal attack.

A 23-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man have been arrested and continue to be questioned by police.

Police attended the scene on Saturday afternoon following a report of suspicious activity and it is thought the body may have been there for several days.

Mr Creaney lived at Victoria Place in Lurgan and was described by police as ‘vulnerable’.

The officer leading the murder investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Richard Campbell, said: “A post mortem examination is taking place at the moment so the cause of death has yet to be determined, but early indications are that he was the victim of a serious and sustained assault."

He appealed to anyone who saw anything suspicious or heard a disturbance around the Moyraverty Court area between Wednesday and Saturday afternoon - or anyone who spoke with Mr Creaney during that time - to contact detectives at Lurgan using the non-emergency number 101.

“I would hope that the community would be rightly disgusted by the attempt to conceal Owen’s body after this brutal murder," he added.

“Owen was 40. In fact, he celebrated his 40th birthday last Saturday, 28 June. He was a frail and vulnerable man. Although he was only 40 he had significant mobility issues which meant he required the aid of a walking frame or stick to get about.

“I think it is important for the community to reject this violent assault on Owen and contact police with any information which they have.”

SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly said the area was a quiet, residential one and people were in shock at what happened.

“Police have been carrying out house to house enquiries today,” she said. “There are a lot of children and young ones about on their bikes and people sitting out in their gardens.

"I'm sure it was a very gruesome discovery for whoever found the remains and indeed for emergency services having to do the investigation so people are rightly very disturbed by this.”

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