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Friday 6 December 2019

Two people arrested in connection with the murder of Kenneth O'Brien

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Two people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Kenneth O'Brien.

The two men (aged in their mid 30s and mid 50s) were arrested this morning, and are both detained under Section 50, Criminal Justice Act, 2007 at Leixlip and Naas Garda Stations.

Mr O'Brien's dismembered torso was found dumped in a suitcase over a fortnight ago from the Grand Canal, near Ardclough, Co Kildare, while his head and limbs were discovered in follow-up searches at Sallins.

The investigation into the brutal murder is continuing, with two garda officers flying to Australia to inquire into Mr O'Brien's life during his three years there before returning home to west Dublin last month.

Gardai are probing whether Mr O'Brien had been either laundering their cash or providing them with money for their sophisticated trafficking network when a dispute broke out.

Detectives are now satisfied that Mr O'Brien's murder was well planned and his killers did not panic when they dumped his remains at different locations in the Royal and Grand Canals.

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