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Woman appeals against conviction for brutal murder of disabled Co Armagh man

Owen Creaney was savagely beaten and disposed of in July 2014

Shaunean Boyle

A woman jailed for the brutal murder of a county Armagh man in July 2014 is appealing against her conviction.

Shaunean Boyle, 26 – alongside 30-year-old Stephen Hughes – were sentenced in December 2016 for savage killing of Owen Creaney, 40.

The disabled victim was savagely beaten in a house in Craigavon and later found in a wheelie bin by police.

He sustained more than 60 injuries, including a broken breastbone, 15 fractures to his ribs and bleeding to the brain

Boyle and Hughes were sentenced to life, with both to serve a minimum of 14 and 15 years respectively.

However, Boyle has today (Thursday) lodged an appeal against her conviction in a bid to clear her name.

Her legal team claim there had been flaws in how evidence was handled during the trial and that there were reasons why their client had lied during the original trial.

At the time of the original case the prosecution maintained that the pair attacked Mr Creaney together, then attempted a cover-up by painting blood-splattered walls and mopping blood from the floor.

It also heard how the pair washed and changed him and, after he died, put his body in the wheelie bin at the house in Moyraverty Court.

The appeal continues.

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