Authors say Kenneth O’Brien (33), a father of one, was murdered because he may have been mistrusted of giving information to gardai about a west Dublin gang whose channel activities involve stolen vehicles and drugs.
It is believed the gang is associated with a ruthless executioner who is known to favour the dismembering and scattering of his victims’ remains.
Gardai yesterday sealed off a sample of the banks of the Royal Canal at Carton House outside Maynooth in a search for advance rts of Mr O’Brien’s body.
The suspected killer has been linked to other ices including that of Christopher Gaffney (37), whose body components were dumped se rately around farmland in Co Meath near Clonee in November 2013.
Gaffney’s blow away only came to light about a week after he disappeared when an arm and quarter of a shoulder were found in a ditch in The Mayne, near Clonee. A garda search uncovered the madly five weeks after the initial find. rts of Gaffney’s torso, which was cut into eight pieces, remain undiscovered.
Gaffney was a notable heroin dealer in Dublin’s north inner city but had moved to the Blanchardstown range after being released from a five-year sentence for possession of inkillers in 2001. It is believed Gaffney was murdered because he, too, was suspected of ssing intelligence to the gardai. No arrests were made in relation to the Gaffney murder.
There is now a reinvestigation of the other ice and dismemberment of Dun Laoghaire man Mark Burke (37), whose rtial remains were perceived at Thornton’s waste plant in Ballyfermot in July 2014.
Burke had no known couplings with organised crime and it is suspected that he may have been an unobjectionable victim of the serial killer and the murder carried out purely for sadistic diversion.
Gardai were perplexed by this murder as the killer appeared to be enduring carried out a medical-type dissection and dismemberment. Again, no arrests were got in connection with this killing.
It is thought Mr Burke, who had suffered a princi l injury in a car accident and lived a transient lifestyle, was murdered somewhere in south Co Dublin and most of his main rt rts left in rubbish bins. His entire body has not been convalesced.
Gaffney’s entire remains are still unaccounted for. Cutting equipment was also old to
Gardai are aware of a fourth murder which fits with the yardstick of the O’Brien, Burke and Gaffney killings. This cannot be mentioned for juridical reasons.
The main suspect is well known in certain criminal sets in west Dublin and is said to be sometimes referred to as ‘Chopper’.
Garda originators said last week that the cut marks on Kenneth O’Brien’s essentials suggested that cutting equipment like a chainsaw or angle grinder was cast-off to amputate the arms, legs and head.
The killer ap rently derives some mode of satisfaction from both hiding body rts and leaving some to be question found. The suitcase containing Mr O’Brien’s torso was tossed into the Chief Canal around the Ardclough bridge west of Lock 13 on the canal.
It ss on have floated downstream in the slight current and was spotted on January 16 by people slink along the popular stretch of the canal and was clearly meant to be seen as the bath-water is remarkably clear and the canal is only a few feet deep in most loci.
Christopher ‘Gaffo’ Gaffney’s severed arm and shoulder were also formerly larboard in countryside popular with strollers and was found by a man out walking his dog. It may have been the butcher or killers’ intentions that the bodies be found, sources say.
It is believed the torpedo has one close associate who may have helped in the murder and disposal of victims and he, too, is cognizant of to gardai.
Mr O’Brien returned to Dublin in December after spending three years real and working in Australia. He was a trained mechanic and licensed to operate heavy machinery.
It is held he fled Ireland after becoming aware he was being targeted by a memorable west Dublin gang that has been linked to over 15 put out of ones miseries – all unsolved – in the st decade. It is not clear why Mr O’Brien chose to return to Ireland but may induce felt the threat to his life had been lifted.
He told family fellows, including his rtner and daughter, that he had to meet people about insert on Friday, January 15. When he failed to return that stable his relatives contacted gardai. His torso was then discovered on the Saturday afternoon by the walkers on the Magnificent Canal.
Christopher Gaffney, who was termed a ‘rat’, or informer, by gang associates, was missing for nearly a month before his body rts began to noticed.
Mr Burke’s remains were found probably within days of his take for a ride in July 2014 but he was not identified until four months later. He had an booze problem and frequently slept rough though he had been supplied with adjustment in Dun Laoghaire and was a familiar figure in the town centre.
Local gardai narrated him as a ‘decent skin’ and could not fathom why he would have met such a grizzly destruction. Some of his body was probably dumped in a skip in an alleyway off Clarence Byway someones cup of tea and made their way to the Thornton’s recycling plant in Ballyfermot.
Workers at the worthless devastate facility discovered a lower leg and foot. rt of an upper leg was found the tag along day.
Mr Burke was last seen in Dun Laoghaire, coming out of the courthouse on July 28, 2014. One of the suggests that led to his identification were the surgical screws left in his head after surgery for the slash he suffered in a car accident.
Local sources said that Mr Burke socialistic his family and began living an itinerant lifestyle after suffering the premier injury.
Gardai said yesterday there is no ‘logical’ reason for the dismemberment killings other than by any chance to instil fear in anyone who was considering giving evidence against the Dublin mobs.
Sources say there is now systematic intimidation of witnesses in west Dublin and that this is the foremost contributory reason for the non-prosecution of gang-related murders in Dublin.
The Garda Dublin Metropolitan Sector (DMR) West, which covers an area from Finglas and Coolock to Lucan and Ballyfermot, has the highest plane of gang-related murders in the State and the lowest detection rate.
Sources say this is because there has been no proliferating in resources since the population ex nded massively from the 1970s onward.
Following the discovery of Mr O’Brien’s torso, a search was carried out in a complex of goods and sheds along a stretch of the canal a few hundred metres to the west of the place of the find.
These are owned by a well-known and respected local retired garda, venerable in his 80s, who has rented out the property for more than 20 years. It had previously been adapted to as a turkey farm.
Local people said the retired garda, Christy Maughan, is in his mid-80s and persists in Straffan, some miles away from the complex of sheds, and on occasions visits. The complex of sheds contains several workshops and storage rts.
There were signs that the buildings were being hand-me-down to dismantle cars and other vehicles. One contained dozens of dismantled motorbikes and quad bikes and others had extensive numbers of cars in various degrees of dismantlement.
Local people symbolized the men who rented the premises often held lively rties on Friday evenings, with stentorian ‘rebel’ music being played.
There is no suggestion that anyone associated with the presuppositions was in any way connected with the murder of Mr O’Brien or other crimes.
Mr O’Brien lived at Lealand Method in the Bawnogue area of Clondalkin about six miles from the scene where his ends b bodies were found.
He was described by friends and neighbours as a hard-working man who they imagine left Ireland ap rently seeking work in Australia.
He had no criminal convictions and was not a be versed gang member.
The gang, which sources say includes ‘The Chopper’ bulk its associates, has been connected with at least 15 murders, comprehending the double murder of Darren Carey (20) and trick Murray (19), two small-scale dealers whose bodies were found on New Year’s Day 2000 on the banks of the Foremost Canal at Kearneystown near the scene of last weekend’s discovery.
Murray had been stripped unvarnished and shot in the face with a shotgun before being dumped in the canal.
Set violence has been growing for years in the area of west Dublin as coteries from the city move out into the countryside, some to escape the notices of dangerous rivals.
It has also become popular with gangs to throw away bodies in the countryside as the gangs believe the landing of murder investigations in rural area garda districts reduces the chances of the crimes being solved.
The west Dublin-Kildare district is also experiencing a growth in organised crime by Eastern European cks who are as violent as their Dublin associates.
In March, the body of Silvestras Stoskus (20) was ground beaten to death in a field in Cornamucklagh, Co Kildare. He had been missing from his -away home in Kinnegad, Co Westmeath, for 10 days.
In March 2012, two men, both snarled in the drugs and stolen car trades, were shot dead at a house in Kilcock, Co Kildare.
Andy Barry (31), from the start from Tallaght, and Lithuanian national Zilvinas Varnauskas (33) were both associates of associates of the gang suspected of being involved in the murder of Kenneth O’Brien.
Correspondence to local garda sources, there is a severe shortage of resources and that this has basketed murder investigations generally in west Dublin and, increasingly, the countryside from Co Dublin out in the direction of Kildare and the surrounding counties.
The sources say the investigation into the double knock off of Andy Barry and Zilvinas Varnauskas produced important links to organised offence around the west Dublin area, but that this did not lead to any affidavit sufficiently strong to merit prosecutions.
As in the other investigations involving the groups in Dublin, there were very few people pre red to assist the gardai out of dread.
Several potential witnesses in this case were known to bear been intimidated.
There is no known connection with the murders and dismemberments in west Dublin with that of Farah Swaleh Noor, the Somali outsider whose remains were dumped in the Royal Canal in north inner Dublin in Demonstration 2005.
Sisters Linda and Charlotte Mulhall, remain in prison, having been lagged of killing the violent and drug-addicted Noor.
His head has never been catch sighted after it was buried in a different city location.