Sunday 4 December 2016

Fear preventing witnesses coming forward in body found in canal case

Published 31/01/2016 | 08:00

Garda at the scene, inset, Kenneth O'Brien
Garda at the scene, inset, Kenneth O'Brien
Gardaí search the Grand Canal near Sallins in Co Kildare in the hunt for clues to the death of Kenneth O’Brien. Photo: RollingNews.ie
Kenneth O'Brien

Gardai investigating the gruesome murder and dismemberment of Dublin man Kenneth O’Brien are having difficulty in getting any witnesses to come forward.

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The Garda Press Office last week re-issued appeals for witnesses to assist in investigations but it is understood the level of fear in the west Dublin area is so great that no one has come forward.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that gardai are investigating a theory that Mr O’Brien (33) fled Ireland in 2012 due to a threat to his life.

Mr O’Brien’s head and other limbs were recovered last Tuesday, 10 days after he disappeared and was murdered on January 16-17. His torso, in a small suitcase was found by walkers on the banks of the Grand Canal at Ardclough the day after he disappeared. The other remains, wrapped in black PVC bags, were recovered in the canal at Sallins.

Gardai are investigating the theory that the murder was carried out in such a grisly fashion in order to spread terror among criminals who either owe money to drugs gangs or may be passing information to gardai.

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