Belfast Telegraph

Murder accused to be given police escort to visit ill father

By Paul Higgins

A man accused of murder will have a police escort to visit his father in hospital after the older man suffered a stroke.

District Judge Bernie Kelly warned 25-year-old Mark Daniel Ward that “short of his father unfortunately passing away, this will be the only compassionate application”.

Defence lawyer Aaron Thompson told Craigavon Magistrates’ Court that while there was an initial proposal for a surety to accompany Ward , the PSNI “want to deploy resources to bring him to the hospital and return him (to prison)”.

Judge Kelly asked if the police were “happy to do the lifting and laying”, and a prosecuting lawyer confirmed that they “would not have it any other way”.

Unemployed Ward, from Drumellan Gardens in Craigavon, is in custody accused of the murder of Marcell Seeley on a date unknown between October 9 and 13 last year.

Previous hearings have been told that he “strenuously denies” any involvement.

Mr Seeley (34) was found dead in his ground floor flat in the Dingwell Park area of Lurgan, and Ward was arrested the following day.

It is understood that the victim’s remains had lain undiscovered in the property in the Taghnevan estate for a number of days before a relative found his body.

Lodging an application for Ward’s temporary release under compassionate bail, Mr Thompson revealed that Ward’s father had suffered a stroke and was currently in hospital.

He added that the police’s desire to escort the alleged killer to hospital and back was “perfectly legitimate.”

Ward was granted temporary release for today on his own bail of £500.

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