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Monday 19 February 2018

Murder 'likely' in Dublin body parts find

The body parts are removed from the scene at the Thorntons Recycling plant on Kileen Road, Ballyfermot
The body parts are removed from the scene at the Thorntons Recycling plant on Kileen Road, Ballyfermot
Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

The dismembered human body parts found in a Dublin waste plant have been confirmed as male, and the man may have been murdered.

Garda sources said yesterday that although no cause of death had been established, the discovery of the dismembered parts suggested there is the likelihood of foul play.

Gardai would not say yesterday if they had begun a murder investigation, and are awaiting post mortem and further tests.

The lower part of a leg was spotted by staff at 11.30pm on Thursday at the Thorntons Recycling Plant on Killeen Road in west Dublin. Gardai were alerted and the plant sealed off overnight while further examination took place. At 11am on Friday another part, understood to be a hip, was discovered.

Searching continued yesterday but no further parts were reported recovered. Samples from the leg and hip had been taken and are being sent for DNA analysis after post mortem examination at Tallaght Hospital on Friday.

This afternoon, An Garda Siochana issued a statement confirming that the body parts are male.

"These body parts were removed to Tallaght Hospital where a post mortem examination was carried out by the Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis. DNA analysis has determined that the body parts are male, and both come from the same person," a garda spokesman said. 

"There is no other information known about the race / nationality, age etc. and a cause of death has yet to be determined.

"The services of a forensic anthropologist have been requested.

"The search of Thorntons has been ongoing since Friday and is expected to continue for a number of days. A number of other items, some of which are believed to be human flesh and bones (to be determined by Dr. Curtis) have been recovered in the search. No other identifiable limbs have been found.

"The focus of the investigation at this time is to establish the identity of this man, and to determine the cause of death.

"Anyone with information is asked to contact Ballyfermot Garda Station on 01 666 7200."

In August last year the body of a homeless Polish man, Henryk Piotrowski (43), was discovered when his body fell out of a bin lorry at the Panda Group plant in Ballymount, Dublin.

He had been sleeping rough and suffocated when the skip was loaded on to the back of the lorry.

Mr Piotrowski's body was intact and it would be unlikely that a body would be dismembered into small parts if simply loaded into the back of a bin lorry.

Gardai said there was no clear reason other than murder why anyone might dismember a body and then dump parts in bins but have not ruled this out as a possibility.

Sunday Independent

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