Wednesday 17 January 2018

Funeral of man whose body found in canal to be held today

Garda at the scene, inset, Kenneth O'Brien
Garda at the scene, inset, Kenneth O'Brien
Gardaí search the Grand Canal near Sallins in Co Kildare in the hunt for clues to the death of Kenneth O’Brien. Photo:
Kenneth O'Brien

John Brennan

The funeral of Kenneth O’Brien will take place today at 11am in Ballyfermot.

The investigation into the 33-year-old father-of-one’s murder is continuing, with two garda officers flying to Australia to inquire into his life during the three years he spent there before returning home to west Dublin last month.

Just over a fortnight ago, Mr O’Brien’s torso was found in a suitcase in the canal at Ardclough, Co Kildare.

Searches of the Grand Canal at Sallins led to the recovery of his head and limbs while a bag containing a motorised component of the power tool used to dismember the body was retrieved from the Royal Canal at Carton, Maynooth.

Parts of the victims’ hands remain missing, and searches of the Grand Canal from the bridge at Sallins down to the aqueduct, where it crosses the Liffey, continued last week.

Mr O’Brien’s funeral mass will be held in St Matthew’s Church, Ballyfermot Upper, with burial afterwards at Newlands Cross Cemetery.

He is survived by his parter Eimear, child Charlie, parents, Gerry and Susan and siblings Lee and Janie.

Officers have yet to discover the location where he was shot in the head and his body dismembered.

However, they are satisfied that he fell foul of a west Dublin organised crime gang as a result of a financial deal that went wrong.

Since he was home only a month before he was shot dead, gardai think it is possible that he could have had previous contact with the criminals and may have been under threat when he was working in Australia.

Detectives have already examined a mobile phone and computer used by the victim, but are hoping that inquiries on the ground will allow them to delve further into his background.

They will look at where he lived, worked and socialised over the three years and also hope to interview those who were in regular contact with him to find out if anybody was aware of any threats made against him.

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