Marcell Seeley's daughter's heartbreaking words - 'I never got to say goodbye to him'
The daughter of murder victim Marcell 'Junior' Seeley has spoken about the trauma of not being able to say goodbye to her father.
Appearing today before the Crown Court in Belfast, 26-year-old Craigavon man Mark Ward has been sentenced to 16 years of a life sentence in prison.
In her victim impact statement, Mr Seeley's daughter, who did not wish to be named, described how her father's coffin had been closed "due to the brutality of his death".
"This has had a devastating effect on my life," she said.
"For the longest time, I pretended it wasn’t true. I’d never seen his body so how could it be? I know now that was just my mind protecting me from it all.
"My Dad and I were so alike in so many ways. We loved all the same movies, had the same taste in music and loved all the same types of food.
"My Dad was an amazing cook, he made me dinner two or three nights a week and we would spend our nights arguing over which movie to watch or laughing at our favourite comedian. All that is gone now."
Mr Seeley's daughter also spoke about how the trial had impacted on her, and how it had been difficult to attend the trial.
"I’ve lost most of my friends because I can’t talk to anyone and I’m filled with this anger and resentment," she said.
"I didn’t think I would be able to go to the trial, and for the most part I didn’t. My mum thought it would be too traumatising for me to go through.
"In the end, I did go for a few days of it. I wanted to be there for my dad, fighting his corner as he would have done for me."
A victim impact statement was also issued by Marcell Seeley's sister Carrai Doran.
In her statement she said: "Every time I close my eyes I can see Junior lying on his floor and that’s something that will always be with me. Brothers and sisters are meant to grow old together, to help look after their parents, to watch their children grow up together.
"My life feels as if it has frozen in time and that I had lost nearly 2 years of my life and my children’s life’s thinking about this and the court case. I know people say it gets easier with time but it really doesn’t.
"I feel as if Mark Ward has changed my life forever and there’s nothing that I can do about it. Junior’s daughters will never have their dad there to enjoy all their milestones (marrying, children). My life will never be the same and all I can say is that."
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