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Saturday 10 December 2016

Shortlist of suspects in canal murder

Published 28/01/2016 | 02:30

The canal searches are focusing on the gun used in the murder as well as the missing body parts. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
The canal searches are focusing on the gun used in the murder as well as the missing body parts. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

GardaÍ have drawn up a shortlist of suspects from Dublin's gangland as they step up their investigation to identify the killers of Kenneth O'Brien.

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Most of the body parts of the dismembered murder victim have now been recovered, following a huge response from the public to garda appeals for help. However, it is understood that parts of the victim's hands remain missing.

Searches were carried out again yesterday along two stretches of the Grand Canal at Sallins, Co Kildare, where parts of the body were recovered on Sunday and Monday.

Divers checked out the canal from the bridge in the village up to an area close to the Dublin-Cork rail line, while further searches were focused on the aqueduct where the canal flows over the River Liffey down to Digby Bridge.

Officers have also made inquiries with the owners of land and outsheds nearby as they try to locate the scene where the 33-year-old victim was shot in the head and then dismembered.

The canal searches are focusing on the gun used in the murder as well as the missing body parts.

Investigators are also attempting to track down the vehicle used by the killers and have issued another appeal for assistance to anyone who spotted a car or van being driven in a suspicious manner on Friday, January 15 or Saturday, January 16, near the Grand Canal at either Ardclough or Sallins, the Royal Canal near Carton House, in Maynooth, or in the early hours of Friday morning close to Mr O'Brien's home at Lealand Road in Clondalkin.

As a result of the public response, the team has more than 400 lines of inquiry to pursue and additional officers may be seconded to the investigation from other divisions in the Garda eastern region.

Detectives may also travel to Australia in an attempt to get a full picture of the gangland victim's life in Perth, where he had been living for the past three years.

Irish Independent

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