Wednesday 22 August 2018

Man (26) jailed for 16 years for murder of dad-of-four in 'unique' footprint evidence case

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A 26-year-old Craigavon man has been given a 16-year sentence for the murder of father-of-four Marcel Seeley at his home in Lurgan.

The incident happened in October 2015, when 34-year-old Mr Seeley was found at his home in Lurgan. Mark Ward from Drumellan Gardens was found guilty in June of this year, and handed down the 16-year life sentence on Tuesday.

Detective Chief Inspector Eamonn Corrigan from the PSNI's Serious Crime Branch said: "This is a very sad case, and first and foremost today our sympathies go to Marcell’s children, parents, brothers and sisters, wider family and his friends, who continue to come to terms with his death.

"Marcell had been battling an addiction to alcohol at the time of his murder. After a three-month period of remaining sober, he had started drinking again two weeks prior to his killing following the death of his grandmother.

"On the Sunday morning of October 11, 2015 Marcell, who was known locally as Junior, was at home in his flat in the Dingwell Park area of Lurgan, when Mark Ward has arrived and entered the flat, launching a vicious and sustained attack which killed him.

"Sadly, Marcell’s badly beaten and stamped on body was discovered by his sister two days later.

"At the scene detectives discovered footprints on Marcell’s clothes and on envelopes lying near him as well as on the floor. Following analysis of various recovered imprints it was established that this distinctive sole pattern was made by a Base London shoe, consistent with being a size 9.

"This was a unique and hugely complex case as it was based on the comparison of footwear imprints against footwear that has never been found.

"However, we were able to obtain CCTV footage of Mark Ward walking in the Lurgan area, in the direction of Marcell’s home, hours before the murder and further CCTV from Lurgan Custody Suite of the days after Marcell’s murder, when Mark Ward was in Police custody for an unrelated matter.

"Following analysis of this CCTV it was established that the shoes worn by Mark Ward were Base London with the same unique sole pattern. These shoes have never been recovered by Police during the course of this investigation.

"With this information combined with Mark Ward’s DNA from a cigarette butt found within the crime scene, led to the arrest and charging of Mark Ward for this brutal and callous murder.

“The one place you should feel safe is your own home and that’s where Marcell was when Mark Ward brutally killed him. The attack was vicious during which Marcell’s ear was lacerated, his ribs were fractured and he sustained extensive bruising all over his body.

“During 16 police interviews, Mark Ward refused to co-operate with detectives and during the trial he showed no remorse at any stage.

"I welcome that Mark Ward is now behind bars, however Marcell’s family still face a lifetime sentence and his children will now grow up without a father.”

Belfast Telegraph

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