Northern Ireland

Craigavon murder: Pair's detention extended over body in bin

Owen Creaney Image copyright PAcemaker
Image caption Owen Creaney's body was found in a wheelie bin at a house in Craigavon

Police investigating the murder of a man whose body was found in a wheelie bin in County Armagh have been granted additional time to question two people.

The body of Owen Creaney, 40, from Victoria Place in Lurgan, was found in Moyraverty Court in Craigavon on Saturday evening.

Police said Mr Creaney, who was disabled and used a walking aid, had been the victim of a sustained assault.

A 23-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man can be detained until Tuesday.

On Sunday, police said they believed Mr Creaney had been assaulted and had appeared to survive, but died some time later.

Police said Mr Creaney's body was found in a wheelie bin in the porch at the back of the house in which a 27-year-old man lived.

'Frail and vulnerable'

Det Ch Insp Richard Campbell said: "I would hope that the community would be rightly disgusted by the attempt to conceal Owen's body after this brutal murder.

"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."

Neighbours told the BBC the man who was arrested had only moved into the area three weeks ago and they believed the body may have been there for a number of days.

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Media captionForensics officers at the house where Mr Creaney's body was found

The cause of Mr Creaney's death will not be released until a post-mortem examination has been carried out, the PSNI said.

Police have appealed for anyone who saw anything suspicious around Moyraverty Court between Wednesday and Saturday afternoon to contact them.

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