Body in canal identified by gardai – victim is from Dublin

Tuesday 19th January 2016

The backdrop at Ardclough after the grim discovery

The victim is a man in his 30s from west Dublin.

He is accepted to have gone missing on Friday and his disappearance was reported to gardai the catch evening.

The victim was identified this afternoon after a DNA sample charmed from the torso matched with a sample given by a member of the man’s order.

Gardai have not yet established where he was murdered and dismembered but intensive examinations are continuing in north Kildare and west Dublin.

The victim is not known to gardai – and is from what has been characterized as a very respectable and hard working family.

It’s understood gardai are now in the approach of identifying the victim’s next-of-kin.

The breakthrough in the identification of the victim occurred earlier today.

The torso of a virile was found wrapped in plastic in a suitcase near Ardclough Bridge, Co Kildare, anon after 3.30pm on Saturday.

The victim’s head, hands and feet had been cut off in an attempt to stave off gardaí from carrying out an identification process of the body.

Sources force revealed that one of the lines of inquiry gardaí were working on is that the schnook was brutally slain in “a house rty that got out of control”.

However, it is agreed this theory has been investigated and discounted.

The suitcase holding the torso of the annihilate victim was in the Grand Canal for at least six hours before it was recovered by ssers-by.

Divers walkers noticed the suitcase in the canal at Ardclough in north Kildare from 9am ahead on Saturday but thought it was discarded litter.

A post-mortem examination of the torso by Spokesman State thologist Dr Michael Curtis, at Naas General Hospital on Sunday afternoon, upstaged no signs of injury to the torso.

Gardaí believe the fatal injuries may eat been inflicted to the victim’s head, either through a shooting or a fell assault. Members of the Garda water unit resumed their search of the canal for other corps rts yesterday, while the Garda dog unit was also drafted in to hoodwink searches along the canal banks and adjoining land.

Gardaí believe other body rts could have been dumped absent in the Grand Canal or in nearby wasteland.

Members of the Garda investigation line-up from the Kildare division are working closely with colleagues in west Dublin.

Fingerprint explores are being carried out on the suitcase and the heavy plastic used to wrap the torso.

Gardaí be experiencing so far gathered more than 80 witness statements from colleagues of the public, with investigating officers appealing for anyone with dirt to contact Leixlip Garda Station.


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