Tuesday 27 September 2016

Gardaí: 'Focus of our investigation is to find where man whose body was found in suitcase was killed'

Suitcase with man's remains lay floating in canal for up to three days before being found

Published 18/01/2016 | 02:30

The banks of the canal at Ardclough where the remains of body was found.
Pic Steve Humphreys
The banks of the canal at Ardclough where the remains of body was found. Pic Steve Humphreys
The Garda diving unit search the canal Photo: www.doug.ie
Gardaí remove evidence from the scene in Ardclough, Co Kildare, yesterday Photo: Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney
The body is taken away to a waiting hearse Photo: Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney
Gda Supt Gerry Wall appeals for witnesses Photo: Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

Gardai investigating the murder of a man whose torso was found in a suitcase in the Grand Canal are now focusing on where he was murdered.

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Officers disclosed this afternoon they were carrying out extensive inquiries in north Kildare and parts of Dublin to locate the murder scene.

And searches of the canal at Ardclough and surrounding banks are also under way to find other parts of the victim's body.

Gardai told independent.ie it was not yet clear whether the victim was Irish or Eastern European but were pursuing a number of lines of inquiry.

A senior officer issued a fresh appeal for help in locating where the man was killed and his body then dismembered.

"We are appealing in particular to people with a premises, who returned to it this morning after the weekend and found that items had been disturbed or moved about since they locked it up on Friday evening.

"We are also appealing to farmers and others with outhouses to make a search to establish if anybody might have been there illegally over the weekend", the officer added.

"It is clear that there is a second crime scene and when we find it we can make more progress with our inquiries", he said.

Meanwhile, Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis returned to the spot where the body was found to carry out a further examination of the area with an anthropologist.

A post mortem examination of the torso, carried out by Dr Curtis at Naas general hospital yesterday, established that the man was neither shot nor stabbed in the torso.

It is likely that the fatal wounds were inflicted to his head.

The victim has been described as a white man in his 20s with dark brown hair.

Gardai thanked members of the public who came forward with information since the body was discovered when the suitcase was taken out of the canal by a couple of walkers on Saturday afternoon.

They believe the man had been killed in the previous two days.

Cross checks comparing the details of the victim with those on the missing persons list are continuing while forensic experts are examining the suitcase and heavy plastic that had been wrapped around the torso to find fingerprints or other clues to the identity of the killers.

A second case conference to review developments in the investigation so far will be held at Leixlip garda station this afternoon.

Irish Independent

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