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Man's torso in suitcase is found afloat in a canal

By Tom Brady

Published 20/01/2016

Kenneth O'Brien, whose body was dismembered and dumped in a canal in a suitcase
Kenneth O'Brien, whose body was dismembered and dumped in a canal in a suitcase

A man whose torso was found in a suitcase in a canal in the Republic was killed due to a personal grudge, gardai believe.

Officers say Dubliner Kenneth O'Brien had no links to crime. But they think he may have fallen foul of someone with a grudge since returning home last month after working in Australia.

Mr O'Brien was identified yesterday after a DNA test.

The mechanic and JCB driver was the father of a little boy, and his family are described as very respectable and hard-working.

He vanished on Friday after telling his family he was heading down the country to do some work. They reported him missing on Saturday evening.

Just hours earlier, two walkers spotted a suitcase floating in the Grand Canal at the village of Ardclough, Co Kildare. They discovered a torso inside and alerted gardai.

One experienced investigator said: "It is rarely that we come across such savagery and we will be looking at people known to us with a history of violence as we sift through possible suspects for this awful crime".

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