Northern Ireland

Owen Creaney murder: Shaunean Boyle 'gobsmacked' by news of death

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Image caption Owen Creaney was disabled and used a walking aid

A woman jointly accused of murdering a man and dumping his body in a bin has said she was "gobsmacked" to hear he was dead.

Stephen Thomas Hughes, 29, and Shaunean Boyle, 25, are jointly accused of murdering Owen Creaney at Moyraverty Court, Craigavon, in July 2014.

On Tuesday, the court heard transcripts of police interviews conducted after they found Mr Creaney's body in a bin.

In them, she described the moment when Mr Hughes told her he had died.

Ms Boyle, from Edenderry Park, Banbridge, said she was shocked, "gobsmacked" and described going into the room to look at his body.

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Image caption Police forensics leaving the scene of the murder in 2014

It was "pure yellow", she said and she could not look at him.

'The fella was my friend'

In the interviews, she repeatedly denied having anything to do with putting Mr Creaney's remains into the bin.

When she was asked about it by police, she said: "The man's dead. I felt disgusted, the fella was my friend. I wouldn't like that done to my son."

When asked whether or not she had discussed with Mr Hughes burning Mr Creaney's body after he died, Ms Boyle answered: "No, I wouldn't let him burn him. That's just wrong."

Ms Boyle was also asked about cleaning she did in Mr Hughes's house on the morning of Saturday 5 July, the day of her arrest and the day the body was found in the bin.

She said she had been giving Mr Hughes a hand to clean his house, but denied this was a clean-up operation in a bid to get rid of forensic evidence.

Mr Creaney, a disabled man who used a walking aid, was assaulted in the hallway of Mr Hughes's Moyraverty Court home in the early hours of 3 July, 2014.

It took two days for him to die. His body was then dumped into a recycling bin.

Both Ms Boyle and Mr Hughes, whose address was given as Maghaberry Prison, have admitted being present during the attack.

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Image caption Mr Creaney was found at a house in Clanrolla Park Craigavon, County Armagh

However, both have denied murder and have blamed each other for the violence.

On Tuesday, the jury also heard Ms Boyle's reaction after being informed during a police interview of Mr Hughes's version of events.

He admitted being at home when Mr Creaney was attacked, but claimed it was Ms Boyle who administered the fatal beating.

He also claimed that he and Ms Boyle both placed Mr Creaney in the bin.

Ms Boyle described Mr Hughes's allegations as "pure lies" and said she was "disgusted."

The murder trial at Belfast Crown Court continues.

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