Wednesday 13 November 2019

Trial over disposal of chainsaw in killing case

The Central Criminal Court in Dublin. Photo: PA
The Central Criminal Court in Dublin. Photo: PA

Alison O'Riordan

A 33-year-old man has gone on trial at the Central Criminal Court accused of impeding the investigation into the murder of Kenneth O'Brien by disposing of a chainsaw.

The prosecution has alleged that the accused man, who endured a "life of hardship" under his father, dumped parts of the chainsaw in different locations, knowing at the time that his father had taken a life.

Paul Wells Junior, of Beatty Park, Celbridge, Co Kildare, has pleaded not guilty to impeding the apprehension or prosecution of his father Paul Wells Senior (51) by disposing of a chainsaw motor at a time unknown between January 19 and 20, 2016 in Co Kildare.

Mr Wells Jnr has also pleaded not guilty to impeding the apprehension or prosecution of Wells Snr, by disposing a chainsaw blade and chain on January 20, 2016 in Co Kildare.

In his opening address, prosecuting counsel Michael Bowman SC asked the jury to be "cold, clinical and detached" in their assessment of the evidence.

Paul Wells Senior (51) was jailed for life last year having been found guilty of murdering Kenneth O'Brien (33) at his home in Finglas on January 15 or 16, 2016.

Wells Snr admitted that, after shooting the 33-year-old father in his back garden, he had dismembered his body and dumped it in a suitcase in the Grand Canal.

The trial resumes today before Ms Justice Carmel Stewart and a jury of six men and six women.

Irish Independent

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