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Man freed in body-in-suitcase murder probe

Published 11/02/2016

The dismembered body of Kenneth O'Brien was found in a suitcase dumped in a canal (Garda/PA)
The dismembered body of Kenneth O'Brien was found in a suitcase dumped in a canal (Garda/PA)

One of two men arrested over the murder of a man whose body was dismembered and dumped in the Grand Canal has been released without charge.

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 near Celbridge, Co Kildare, the following day.

Gardai said a man in his 30s, who was arrested last Saturday, had been released without charge and a file was being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

A man in his 50s remains in custody.

Mr O'Brien, 33, 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.

His body parts were identified using DNA analysis after his killers decapitated him and cut off his arms, hands and feet.

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