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New suspect for 'body in canal' killing

DUTCH police plan to charge a second man with the savage murder of a 29-year-old Irishman whose dismembered body parts were discovered in an Amsterdam canal in February 2009.

Keith Ennis, from Walkinstown, was stabbed to death, and his body cut into pieces and dumped in a suitcase in a canal on the northern outskirts of the Dutch city.

At the time of his murder, Mr Ennis was on the run from the Irish authorities.

He was facing serious drugs and firearms charges but the murdered Walkinstown man's family have always maintained he was planning to return home to fight the charges.



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His former pal, Philip County (28), who has an address in Foxdene Gardens, Lucan, was extradited to Holland from Ireland in April and is currently in a Dutch jail.

County has made a number of court appearances in Holland -- at the last sitting, judges ordered that he could be held in prison for a further 60 days while police continue their investigations.

It has now emerged that police are seeking the extradition of another person who they think was involved in the murder of Mr Ennis.

Details of this person's identity have not been disclosed by the Dutch authorities and it is not known if the suspect is Irish.

When contacted by the Herald, a spokesperson for the Dutch police said: "The suspect in this case is in restricted detention. He is only allowed to communicate with his lawyer. We cannot give you any more information at this time."

A trial date is expected to be fixed before the end of the year.

County was extradited to Holland after serving a jail sentence in Mountjoy Prison in relation to a massive seizure of ecstasy tablets at an apartment in Park West in Dublin in December 2009.







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Sources say that a number of bullet-proof vests were also seized.

At the time that Mr Ennis' body was found there was speculation he had been murdered by organised criminal gangs from Dublin.

The two main theories were that he was butchered by thugs connected to international drugs godfather Christy Kinahan or the notorious criminal Mark Desmond, nicknamed 'The Guinea Pig'.

However, sources now say that Mr Ennis was the victim of a personal dispute.

hnews@herald.ie


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