Wednesday 24 January 2018

Body in suitcase suspects surrendered by High Court

Keith Ennis
Keith Ennis

Ruaidhrí Giblin

The High Court has ordered the surrender of two Dublin men wanted in Holland in connection with the discovery of a dismembered body in an Amsterdam canal.

Dutch authorities had sought the surrender of Kenneth Brunell (27) from Palmerstown and Barry McArdle (27) from Drimnagh who were arrested by gardaí on foot of extradition warrants issued in 2011.

The men are wanted to face trial in connection with the death of Keith Ennis (29) from Walkinstown, whose dismembered body was found in an Amsterdam canal in 2009. Mr Ennis was on the run from gardaí at the time.

His body parts were dumped in a suitcase in a canal on the northern outskirts of Amsterdam after he was stabbed to death.

A third man, Philip County (31) from Foxdene Gardens in Lucan was extradited to Holland from Ireland in April 2011.

Mr Justice John Edwards indicated his decision to surrender the pair to Dutch authorities but said a detailed judgment which set out the reasons for his decision would be handed down on Friday (February 21).

The judge said he was still “finessing to put it that way in how I phrase certain things,” being mindful that “this may be a matter that is going to end elsewhere”.

The judge said he was not taking it for granted that there was going to be an application for a certificate to take leave to the Supreme Court but the judgment contained at least one point of law which was arguable. Either way, the court had no view on any of that, according to the judge.

Mr Justice Edwards said the judgment was quite extensive and he had taken a lot of time on it. “Come what may the judgment will be handed down on Friday, I will be doing nothing more than handing it down”.

He remanded the men in custody until Friday.

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