Tuesday 23 January 2018

Search for gun as gardai quiz two men in canal body probe

Kenneth O'Brien
Kenneth O'Brien
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Searches are continuing in Kildare as part of the investigation into the murder of Kenneth O'Brien, whose partial remains were found in the Grand Canal.

Two men remained in custody this morning in connection with the brutal murder of the Dubliner.

The men - aged in their mid-30s and mid-50s - were arrested on Saturday morning by investigating gardai. They can be held for up to seven days.


Meanwhile, over the weekend a garda team was dispatched to search part of the Curragh in what is believed to have been a search for the gun used to kill Mr O'Brien.

The Sunday World reported that the search, involving up to a dozen gardai, began hours after the men were detained.

Mr O'Brien's dismembered torso was discovered in mid-January in the Grand Canal at Ardclough, Leixlip.

Gardai found more body parts in the canal during follow-up searches.

Gardai have also travelled to Australia - where he lived for three years before returning to the capital - to find out more about Mr O'Brien's life there.

Detectives are probing the possibility that Mr O'Brien may have been murdered over financial issues regarding the sale and supply of drugs in west Dublin. Lines of inquiry include whether the 33-year-old was laundering money for the gang or providing them with money for their trafficking network when a dispute broke out.

The dad-of-one was laid to rest last week and mourners at his funeral heard a heart-warming tribute penned by his father, Gerry O'Brien.

"As a family, we have comfort in knowing that Kenneth died knowing he was loved and he loved us," he said in a statement read out by Fr Joeseph McDonald.

"Our Kenneth was an intelligent, handsome, loving man and, although we have lost him at this early stage of his life, all of us are thankful that he's been here for the past 33 years. We feel so privileged to be able to say Kenneth was our son.

"Precious Kenneth… we are all so proud of you. We all love you now - always have and will forever."


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