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Kenneth O'Brien murder police find 'body parts' near canal

Published 25/01/2016

Kenneth O'Brien, 33, from Dublin, whose body was dismembered and dumped in a canal in a suitcase (Garda/PA)
Kenneth O'Brien, 33, from Dublin, whose body was dismembered and dumped in a canal in a suitcase (Garda/PA)

Suspected body parts have been discovered by gardai investigating the murder of a 33-year-old man.

Kenneth O'Brien was reported missing on Friday January 15, a few weeks after returning from Australia, and his torso was found in a suitcase in the Grand Canal near Celbridge, Co Kildare, the following day.

Gardai said " potential evidential items" had been found in different locations along the canal.

"These items need to be forensically examined before any definitive conclusions can be made in respect of their evidential value," the Garda press office said.

It is believed one bag with human limbs was recovered from the water near Sallins in Co Kildare and a second bag in the Fonthill area of Dublin.

Mr O'Brien, who had a partner and was a father, was last seen early on January 15 when he left his home on the Lealand Road in Clondalkin, saying he was going to work.

He was identified using DNA analysis after his killers decapitated him and cut off his arms, hands and feet.

The dark-coloured suitcase containing the dismembered body was pulled from the water 500 metres from Ardclough, beside the Lyons Estate, on a stretch of towpath popular with walkers and cyclists.

It is believed Mr O'Brien was murdered elsewhere.

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