Thursday 19 January 2017

Suitcase man is identified: victim killed over 'grudge'

Tom Brady and Martin Grant

Published 20/01/2016 | 02:30

Kenneth O’Brien
Kenneth O’Brien

A father of one whose torso was found in a suitcase in the Grand Canal at the weekend was killed because of a personal grudge, gardaí believe.

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Officers say that Dubliner Kenneth O'Brien had no connection with crime. But they think he may have fallen foul of someone with a grudge since returning home last month after a spell working in Australia.

Mr O'Brien was identified at 3.30pm yesterday after a DNA sample taken from the torso matched a sample provided by a member of his family.

The mechanic and JCB driver was the father of a little boy, and part of a family who are described as very respectable.

Detectives are making inquiries to establish his acquaintances since he came back - and determine if he had been involved in any incident that could be linked to his death.

One investigator said: "It is rarely that we come across such savagery, and we will be looking at people known to us with a history of violence as we sift through possible suspects for this awful crime".

Officers said securing a positive identification of the victim opened up fresh avenues of inquiry. Their inquiries will focus on the Clondalkin area, where Mr O'Brien was last seen alive. He vanished on Friday after telling family he was heading down the country for work.

Irish Independent

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