Police today named the man whose body was discovered at a house in Craigavon yesterday as 40 year old Owen Creaney.
Mr Creaney lived at Victoria Place in Lurgan and is described as ‘vulnerable’.
The officer leading the murder investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Richard Campbell, from Serious Crime Branch, said: “Police were called to 140 Moyraverty Court in Craigavon yesterday afternoon after a report of suspicious activity at the address.
“When officers arrived they found the body of Owen Creaney. It had been placed in a wheelie bin in a porch at the rear of the house.
“Two people in the house were arrested. They are a 27 year old man and a 23 year old woman. They were taken initially to Lurgan police station but have since been transferred to the Serious Crime Suite at Antrim police station where they continue to be questioned.
“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.
“I have two appeals for assistance from the local community:
“1. I need to talk to anyone who saw or heard a disturbance or suspicious activity at 140 Moyraverty Court any time between last Wednesday afternoon 2 July and yesterday afternoon, Saturday 5 July.
“Our enquiries are progressing. We are following a number of definite lines of enquiry but we would ask the local community for their assistance and co-operation.
“Anyone with information can call the non-emergency number 101 and ask to speak to detectives at Lurgan police station.
“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.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at Lurgan using the non-emergency number 101.
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