Monday 23 April 2018

Man charged over 'body in canal' murder remanded

The dismembered body of Kenneth O'Brien was found in a suitcase dumped in a canal (Garda/PA)
The dismembered body of Kenneth O'Brien was found in a suitcase dumped in a canal (Garda/PA)

Tom Tuite

A 48-YEAR-OLD Dublin man charged with the murder of Kenneth O'Brien, whose dismembered body was found in a suitcase in a canal, has been further remanded in custody pending the preparation of a book of evidence.

Paul Wells from Barnamore Park in Finglas will face his next hearing on May 11 at Cloverhill District Court, a judge ordered.

JCB driver Kenneth O'Brien (33) from Lealand Road in Clondalkin in Dublin was reported missing on January 15th after he had left his home telling family members he was going to work. The father-of-one had recently come back from Australia where he had been employed for three years.

The following day his torso was found in suitcase by walkers at the Grand Canal near Cellbridge in Co. Kildare. Investigating gardai carried out a search operation resulting in other body parts being found in bags in the canal. DNA tests confirmed the remains were those of Mr O'Brien.

In February, Paul Wells was charged with the murder of Kenneth O'Brien on or about January 15th and 16th. The murder is alleged to have occurred at the defendant's address.

He was remanded in custody and faced his sixth hearing yesterday/today (wed) when he appeared before Judge Victor Blake at Cloverhill District Court.

Paul Wells was further remanded in custody for another two weeks while the prosecution is preparing a book of evidence.

Due to the nature of the charge he would have to make a bail application in the High Court.

A second man arrested in connection with the investigation was released from Garda custody without charge and a file is to be sent to the DPP.

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