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Thursday 5 December 2019

'Body in suitcase' man shot in the head

Kenneth O’Brien was shot in the head by his killer
Kenneth O’Brien was shot in the head by his killer
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Gardaí are searching for the gun used to murder father-of-one Kenneth O'Brien.

Investigators believe the 33-year-old, pictured below, was shot in the head and his body then dismembered after he clashed with thugs from an organised crime gang in west Dublin.

DNA analysis of remains recovered by gardaí at the weekend confirmed they are those of Mr O'Brien, whose torso was earlier found dumped in a suitcase in the Grand Canal in Co Kildare.

An examination was carried out at Naas General Hospital on the body parts, including the head, which had been recovered from bags found in the canal at Sallins.

Checks for fingerprints and other clues to the identity of the killers are also being carried out on a motor, which gardaí believe is a component part of the tool used to dismember the body. It was discovered in a bag found at the weekend in the Royal Canal, near Carton House, in Maynooth.

Gardaí have not yet established a firm motive for the gruesome murder.

Irish Independent

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