Tuesday 17 October 2017

'I am responsible for killing Kenneth': court told of admission

Kenneth O'Brien
Kenneth O'Brien

Andrew Phelan

A man admitted to gardaí that he had killed Kenneth O'Brien (33), whose dismembered body was found dumped in the Grand Canal, a court was told.

Paul Wells (48), with an address at Barnamore Park, Finglas, is charged with the murder of Mr O'Brien on or about January 15-16 last.

Dublin District Court heard that Mr Wells replied after caution: "I am responsible for killing Kenneth and I gave a true account of what happened."

The murder is alleged to have happened at Mr Wells's home address at Barnamore Park.

Garda Sergeant Gerard Moore of Leixlip garda station told Judge Anthony Halpin he arrested the accused for the purpose of charge at Naas garda station at 4.53pm yesterday.

No bail application was made by solicitor Kieran Conway, as bail cannot be granted at district court level on a murder charge. Legal aid was granted.

The accused, wearing a blue hooded top over a black T-shirt, black trousers and white runners, did not address the court during the five-minute hearing.

Judge Anthony Halpin remanded him in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court next Thursday.

Irish Independent

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