Three men cut up criminal's body with a chainsaw
Three Dublin men have been acquitted in the Netherlands of the gruesome murder of Irish criminal Keith Ennis in Rotterdam in 2009 - but were convicted of dismembering Ennis's body with a chainsaw and dumping the remains in a lake in Amsterdam.
Philip County, originally from Foxdene Gardens, Lucan (28); Barry McArdle (30) from Drimnagh, Dublin; and Kenneth Brunell (29), of Palmerstown, Co Dublin were sentenced to two years in prison for hiding a dead body, a felony under Dutch law.
However, McArdle and Brunell were last night flying back to Ireland. Brunell has served his time awaiting trial and McArdle was freed while awaiting an appeal. County's whereabouts are unknown.
Convicted drug dealer County didn't show up to the trial because his family were under threat and received a bullet in the post, according to his lawyer.
The judges said in their verdict that the outcome of the investigation into Ennis's violent death is "highly unsatisfactory, especially for Ennis's next of kin, who do not know who murdered him". According to the court, evidence that the three men killed Ennis was insufficient.
Ennis (29) was stabbed to death in February 2009 in an apartment in Rotterdam, the second biggest city in the Netherlands.
Ennis suffered multiple stab wounds to his head and face and several fatal knife slashes to his back penetrating vital organs.
Afterwards his body was cut up with a chainsaw. The head was severed and hidden in a suitcase which was dumped in a canal. The remains were found on February 24, 2009, in Het IJ, a lake in the heart of Amsterdam.
It took weeks before Dutch police identified the victim via Interpol and gardaí.
Kenneth Brunell and Barry McArdle were extradited from Ireland in 2014 to stand trial.
Brunell and McArdle have denied any wrongdoing. They say they never even met Ennis.
Because murder could not be proven, the men were sentenced only because of their 'gruesome and shameless treatment' of Ennis's body.