Name and picture of man found in suitcase in canal released by gardai


Kenneth O Brien

He has been named as Kenneth O’Brien and is age-old 33. Mr O’Brien is from Lealand Road, Clondalkin, Dublin.

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

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

Gardai have not yet established where he was murdered and dismembered but intensive enquiries 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 treat of identifying the victim’s next-of-kin.

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

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

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

In spite of that, investigating detectives have so far been able to determine that the butt was aged in his early 20s.

Sources have revealed that one of the lines of questioning gardaí were working on is that the victim was brutally slain in “a household rty that got out of control”. However, it is understood this theory has been investigated and lessened.

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

Several walkers noticed the holdall in the canal at Ardclough in north Kildare from 9am onwards on Saturday but solicitude recollections it was discarded litter.

A post-mortem examination of the torso by Deputy State thologist Dr Michael Curtis, at Naas Ill-defined Hospital on Sunday afternoon, showed no signs of injury to the torso.

Gardaí credence in the fatal injuries may have been inflicted to the victim’s head, either from top to bottom a shooting or a brutal assault. Members of the Garda water unit carry oned their search of the canal for other body rts yesterday, while the Garda dog item was also drafted in to lead searches along the canal banks and bordering land.

Gardaí think other body rts could rtici te in been dumped elsewhere in the Grand Canal or in nearby wasteland.

Fellows of the Garda investigation team from the Kildare division are working closely with team-mates in west Dublin.

Fingerprint checks are being carried out on the suitcase and the podgy plastic used to wrap the torso.

Gardaí have so far gathered uncountable than 80 witness statements from members of the public, with examining officers appealing for anyone with information to contact Leixlip Garda Class.

They want anyone who was in or around the Grand Canal near Ardclough on Friday and primeval Saturday to contact them.

In addition gardai are keen to speak to anyone who may make observed, seen or had any contact with Kenneth since the early hours of Friday morning when he progressive Lealand Road in Clondalkin or can assist in tracing his movements.

Gardai are also seek from people returning to their property or premises after the weekend to make sure of to see if there was anything unusual.

Anyone with information is asked to touch the incident room at Leixlip Garda Station 01 666 7800.

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